Sonoma Valley, CA; 15% ABV
$4 at the San Pablo, CA store
After being a little dissatisfied with the CA Zins I’ve gotten recently, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go for another, especially with such high alcohol content, but at this price I couldn’t resist. While it is a slightly odd wine, it’s probably fine for the price.
Ripe jammy / liqueur-like fruit of red and black raspberries, dried orange peel, a little prune and Zin spice, and a bitterly vegetal and tarry mid-palate to finish. The winery’s site provides these notes for this wine, on sale on their web site for $44:
The 2006 Arrowhead Mountain Zinfandel is a superb wine with notes of brier, black fruits, pepper and spices. Planted on steep slopes East of the Town of Sonoma, the vines compete with lots of volcanic rock for growing space providing these intense and complex flavors.
They probably could indeed make pretty good wine from these grapes if they didn’t go for the over-ripe, over-extracted style. As it is, it went well with moderately spicy black beans with ground beef and green chilies. My wife loved it. The 2006 Arrowhead Red is for sale on the winery site for $42, and for $3 (as I recall, but maybe $4) at the San Pablo store.