A superrich, fantastically sweet wine. It’s clean and crisp with acidity, and wildly extravagant in orange, apricot, vanilla, butterscotch and white chocolate notes. California’s equivalent of a white Port, and a perfect pairing for cheesecake.
The variety is a table grape grown in California. The winery calls it Sherry, with the qualifier that the barrels were stored in the sun for two years. Not clear if it was invaded with flor, but the wine shows a crisp, Sherried cherry, vanilla and caramel character, sweet and succulent.
At the age of five years, this Zin is losing its fruit, turning dry and brambly, and the raisins and prunes are showing through. It’s also pretty sharp and prickly. But it does have a certain rustic charm.