Silverdale, WA 15% alc. (Purchased on 10/24/14)
This one is a deep dense black/purple color. Nose is a bit tight, but opens nicely to ripe blackberry, tar and a slightly “sweet” vanilla character that I’m liking (most likely from oak that’s in the background…which I also like). Once it fully opens, it’s quite aromatic. In the mouth, the sweetness of ripe fruit hits the front of the palate and kind of thickly oozes across the tongue where the acidity begins to add tartness and balance. Flavors then show more ripe blackberry and tar along with leather, earth and super-strong espresso. Clearly Zinfandel in character. Plenty of fruit and tannin in the fairly long, chewy finish. The oak shows most in the finish too. Surprisingly doesn’t seem hot or alcoholly to me.
I’d say that this Zin likely qualifies as a fruit bomb. But as I’ve said before, they don’t scare me. I like ’em. I like the more balanced and reined-in aka. finesse Zins too. A time and a place for everything (Turn, Turn Turn, as Pete Seeger said). Seems that this would have been a perfect wine for Zinfandel port production and alcohol-wise, it’s nearly there anyway. My only complaint…these higher alcohol wines tend to put this ol’ guy to sleep anymore.
As an added note, because the vintages, the heavy punt bottles, the date of arrival at GO and the alcohol levels were almost identical, I decided to open my first bottle of Victor Vineyards Zin to try alongside this one. The Victor is more ruby colored, clearer, slightly more subtle and slightly less dense, far less oaky and overall better balanced. But I like them both for what they are…very obvious examples of the variety and both at reasonable prices (the Victor is a dollar less).