From mountain vineyards comes this intensely flavored blend, which contains small amounts of Syrah, Sangiovese, Carignane and Nebbiolo. Light, pretty aromas of wild berry, bell pepper and olive, it’s soft and flavorful, with a spicy, ripe flavor. From a winery to watch. Best Buy.
This is a good, country-style Zin: clean, dry and balanced. It has flavors of blackberries, root beer and pepper, while the mouthfeel is silkily tannic. It’s a wine to drink with food and not fuss over.
A wine like this makes me sad. Blessed by nature with the ability to ripen Zinfandel to perfection in this warm region, the winemaking is, let us say honestly, imperfect. The wine is syrupy sweet and cloying. The acids are much too low. And 15.5% alcohol makes for a hot mouthfeel with nothing to balance it out.