I'm leaving Chile(till later) and heading over to California to try a few more Zin's. I'm starting to surprise myself with what I am finding with Zinfandel and also a bit disappointed that I wasted so many years with such a limited selection or narrow palate. It shows what can happen to one's palate when staying with one type or varietal over a very long period of time without giving other varietals a chance. It's a lot of fun trying new wines now, but just wish I didn't have to go to school all over again at my age.
Deep dark fruit aromas with some cherry. Lots of blackberry, cherry, a little plum and chocolate fills the mouth with a nice long and a bit peppery finish.
The 2004 vintage is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah. The PS contributed to the spicy finish on this full bodied, bold wine. Much more jammy than the Paso Robles Zins I recently tasted and more like those Zins I had difficulty handling years ago. Hey, you're never too old to learn. Not that I am old??
Uncorked this wine with pork chops and found it fair to good with the pork. Dessert though was a chocolate volcano cake covered with raspberries, whipped creme and Chambord Liqueur where this wine shined. Also saved a glass for later with some extra sharp NY cheddar cheese bites. Again, a great pairing and a great price. I purchased locally for $18 and enjoyed what tasted like a much more expensive Zin. Will buy this wine again!