Zinfandel is not a grape variety that I see a lot of, and this offering was a lot more interesting than the bruising monster that is sometimes assumed to be a fellow traveller with this particular grape variety. This example is from Mendocino County AVA that is towards the northern end of the larger North Coast AVA that itself covers a substantial area north of San Francisco bay. The wine is a medium intensity ruby colour in the glass, and has developing aromatics of cedar, bramble fruit, blackberry, mulberry and butter. On the palate, it’s dry, with medium acid, quite assertive Italianesque tannins, and flavours of cedar wood, plum, blackberry and mulberry, in a full bodied expression. There’s perhaps a dollop too much of oak expression, but there’s length, balance and a concentration of black fruit flavours that I found quite attractive. Worth a look. Good
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