Somewhere among my 50 New Year's resolutions (99.9% failure rate) was to leave my wine comfort zone more often as I continue to expand my trapped palate. To do so, I will have to taste, I mean drink, more wines that I never tried or wines I just never liked. So, to start off the new year I opened one of my least favorite wines, Zinfandel.
Zin is one wine that over the years I tried earnestly to enjoy. It just never happened. That was not until I tasted and reviewed a Paso Robles Zin from Agent for Change. Today I opened an organic Zin from Bonterra Vineyards in Mendocino County. I purchased the Bonterra, because I have already reviewed two other of their wines, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Sauvignon Blanc and enjoyed both.
Color was a dark purple with aromas of red raspberry, blueberry and spice. More intense than the last Zin I tasted and liked, but still not as bold or peppery as most I've had. A lot of berry and some plum, spice and pepper with a long and smooth finish.
The first two glasses I drank with a very good mushroom pizza and finished later while watching the Fiesta Bowl. The wine went very well with the pizza dinner, but I felt it was still not going to go into my list of nice sipping wines. I still though, see and feel the change in my acceptance of good wines that before I would not have finished the first glass. The Bonterra Zinfandel is one that I will buy again. It was also organic, and I am becoming fond of organic wines. It will take a lot of testing or tasting to prove that organic grown grapes makes a difference in quality of a wine and I'm ready to volunteer as a test subject, someday! Price $15
8 months with 40% in once-used new French and American oak toasted medium plus, 25%
twice-used French and American oak, and the remaining 35% in mostly neutral oak.
Total Acidity 0.61g/100ml
11% Petite Sirah
Limited Release of 33,000 cases