Plungerhead has sourced Zinfandel from all over the place, but this bottling is their best ever. It defines Dry Creek Valley Zin, being richly tannic and soft, with deep, sweet flavors of wild raspberries, white chocolate, espresso and gingerbread cookie. The alcohol is high, but that’s Dry Creek Zin.
What an easy-drinking Zin, and it has real complexity, too. The flavors are of rich, chocolaty cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavors, with Zinny spices, while firm tannins and good acidity provide a rich structural balance. This is a lip-smackingly good Zinfandel.
This is rich and spicy in briary, brambly flavors, with notes of wild cherry and blackberry, plus a wonderful summer-herb quality of nettle and fresh anise. Despite the big tannins, it’s velvety smooth. This barbecue wine contains a few drops of Petite Sirah and Tannat for complexity.
Lodi Zin can be overly sweet and alcoholic but this one is balanced and charming. It shows a softly complex array of red and black wild berry, blueberry, mashed cherry pulp and plum flavors, sprinkled with cocoa and cinnamon, like a savory Starbucks drink.
A decently made old-vine Lodi Zinfandel that’s smooth and soft, with enough clove, cinnamon and brambly character to stand out and be paired with a range of smoked, grilled and marinated meats and other full-flavored food.
Nice, rugged mountain Zin, with the briary, brambly tannins and peppery taste of wild berries freshly picked off the vine. Alcohol adds heat and structure, and time in the barrel has softened the tannins. This might just be the perfect backyard barbecue red wine.
The latest from Don Sebastiani & Sons continues the tradition of their other brands, offering up a ripe, fruity, spicy Zin that finishes nice and dry. A good price for such authentic Dry Creek Zin character.