Ivy Glen 2009 Zinfandel

Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County, CA; 15.6% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 17 July

IvyGlen_2009_Zin_SnmaMtnThis wine is heavy, ripe, jammy, and alcoholic from the beginning, but the flavors darken and become a little more complex with a couple hours in a decanter.  It starts out redder and sweeter, but slowly makes a transition into flavors of black raspberry, blackberry / tar / black pepper, and vanilla.  After a few hours open, the redder and darker flavors all come forth together, becoming a pretty tasty Zin.  While this wine is hardly the most nuanced, the Zinfandel flavors are more genuine than in many GO Zins.  For my personal taste, I find the alcoholic heft of it a bit much, but I can see how it would have its fans among those who like a bruiser of a wine.

However, the saved, single-glass, screw-cap bottle was really very good.  All the flavors which, on the first night were separate points of flavor, were nicely integrated into a smooth whole, with a coffee note I hadn’t previously noticed.  The strong alcohol was also much less noticeable.  From the first night, this was going to be “Drinkable,” but the second-day performance convinced me to move it to Thumbs Up.


One thought on “Ivy Glen 2009 Zinfandel

  1. Bluto

    Agree with the review, this one is a bit much (though I like big reds in general) but do like it a lot and a real bargain for the price. FWIW the Santa Rosa CA store had a bunch today and I’m looking forward to it being mellower tomorrow.


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