#NWTW Week 16: Zinfandel from Californ-I-A!

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So I was after a fairly full on red wine for this week.  Unfortunately the three or four beautiful sunny days we’ve had for spring in the UK so far have proved to be a bit of a false dawn.  It’s bloody minging outside right now, so I thought we could all do with a bit of warming up.

I was going to go for a Primitivo from Southern Italy, but Ant quite rightly pointed out that firstly we’ve only recently done an Italian red (I know there’s loads to choose from, but we’re trying to spread out as often as possible), and secondly we’re nearly a third of the way through 2014 and we’ve not done anything yet from the USA!  I know, shocker right?

Well those of you reading this from the other side of the pond will probably not quite realize that of all the wines from round the world we can get hold of here in the UK, wines from the USA still remain fairly hard to get hold ofOr at least the choice isn’t amazing.  Mostly that has to do with the price I think.  Americans pay up for American wine, and they don’t have all the transport and duties involved, that leaves the rest of the world blinking a couple of times when they look at the price of the bottle!

Regardless of this, there are some good examples available on our shelves, and we’re going to run with the Primitivo theme and pick Zinfandel from California for our NWTW Week 16 pick.

My choices are:

Majestic Wine
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, 2011, Lodi County

Morrison’s Signature Zinfandel

Turning Leaf Zinfandel

Spirited Wines
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, 2011

Have great weeks.


10 thoughts on “#NWTW Week 16: Zinfandel from Californ-I-A!”

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  5. I popped the cork on a fantastic bottle of (mostly!) Zin last night…

    Ridge Geyserville 2011 (The Wine Society £29.00)
    78% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 4% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro.

    Smells like cherries and blackberries dipped in a silky, smoky chocolate-vanilla sauce – oh so enticing – they say you can’t smell sweetness, but I’m sure I can! A very delicate attack (too harsh a word actually) with ripe and sweet black fruit then layer upon layer of flavour; chocolate, oaky smoke and vanilla, you taste them individually then they mingle together in a very stylish whole. The texture is silky smooth, almost creamy, then the classy tannins take a light grip and the smoky-vanilla finish lingers for 30 seconds. I’m actually a big fan on Zin but the elegance of the Geyserville has raised the bar and my expectation. So enjoyable right now but will get better and better over the next years. 9.5/10… so it’s rounded up to TEN!

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