2011 Gravelly Ford California Zinfandel $4.99

Silverdale, WA    12.5% alc.    (Purchased on 11/22/13)

IMG_1312Corkburger in a heavy punt bottle…just seems a bit strange.  Slightly hazy medium purple with a ruby/lavender rim.  Has a skunky, cooked prune and vegetal nose with nice spicy black pepper nuances fighting for recognition.  On the palate it’s actually rather soft, round and rich while showing accessible tannins that give it firm texture.  Unfortunately, the flavors are similar to the nose; cooked prune and a bit green tasting, though I do find some sweet dark plum and blackberry fruit.  Though drinkable and likely inoffensive to many, the package is superior to it’s contents.  At least there’s no doubt that it’s Zin.

It appears this wine’s regular retail is around $8.99.  This is one of a number of wines that recently showed up at the Silverdale GO from Parlier, CA (Fresno County) with various labels.  I found one review on line that I kind of liked, so here it is.  Poor reviewer paid $9.99 and I think 86 points is perhaps a bit generous.

This will likely be my last post until after the holiday.  So I’d like to extend my best wishes to all of you for a wonderful and fun Thanksgiving…hopefully with family.  Safe travels.  And if you’re so inclined, let us know what wines you enjoyed with your T-Day dinner and how they worked…GO or otherwise.  I’ll be opening a 2004 Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Gewurz and a 2008 Gainey Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir from my cellar.


10 thoughts on “2011 Gravelly Ford California Zinfandel $4.99

  1. lim13 Post author

    Just checking back in now that my Thanksgiving Day stupor has completely cleared. The Gainey Pinot we had with turkey was a bit of a disappointment. Not so much the wine as what it was trying to accompany. It did well with the turkey, but terribly with the more difficult-to-match foods like sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. May have had something to do with the fact that it was one of the oakiest Gainey Pinots that I can remember (and I’ve been a club member of theirs for many years now). I’d have appreciated more fruit.

    On the other hand, the 2004 Lawson’s Dry Hills NZ Gewurz went quite well with everything on the table (except pumpkin pie). It was a beautiful medium golden color, spicy, just a hair sweet and full of flavor. It’s been wonderful experiencing how well the early 2000 Lawson’s Gewurzes have evolved. If you’ve never had one, you need to find one…very Alsatian in style.

    And for those of you who checked in with your Thanksgiving Day wines…how did they stack up?

  2. seedboy

    I’ve been avoiding all of those Parlier wines, thanks for taking one for the team. We’ll probably have one of the Bouchard burgundies for turkey day.

  3. BargainWhine

    I’m planning on opening the 2006 Bouchard Monthelie 1er Cru with duck legs marinated in soy sauce, five spice, dried orange peel, garlic and bay leaf. We’ll see how that goes. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    1. JoelA

      Some of our guests drink only kosher wines so the selection I plan is

      2008 Ella Valley (Israel) pinot noir
      2006 Gush Etzion (Israel) cabernet-merlot
      2009 Covenant Lavan (Napa Valley) chardonnay
      2010 Hagafen (Napa Valley) chardonnay

      1. lim13 Post author

        Interesting, Joel. I’ve had a number of kosher wines, but not in a long time. And I’m unfamiliar with these producers. Let us know how your wines matched up with the foods and thanks for sharing. Enjoy!

  4. JStreet

    Well, there you go. Parlier is not wine grape country. Raisins. The whole south Central Valley (below Modesto) is too hot, especially at night, for quality production.

    1. lim13 Post author

      Indeed, JStreet. I also found a website for Gravelly Ford Vineyard, whose main production was devoted to growing raisins. Vineyard has some wine grapes including Zin, but the majority are Thompson Seedless. Maybe that accounts for the pruney, raisiny flavors. : ~)


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