The Devil & The Ice Queen

Dark Ruby with a blush of garnet at the core and edges.  Spicy and bright in the nose, no alcoholic burn but rich and decadent with a nice streak of Valley soil and mint behind it.  I could smell this wine all day long even though it’s a Zinfandel haha.  Sorry about that, Zin–but you know how it is sometimes.

A wall of dark fruit covered in briar and vine hits the mouth thinning slightly and delicately over the middle before ramping things back up into a powerhouse Napa Zinfandel.  I’ve drank Zinfandel from every corner of California and for some weird reason there’s nothing like Napa Valley Zinfandel.  I know it’s not the most popular appellation for this variety and I know it’s far from the first one that pops in anybody’s mind when it’s mentioned but I love my valley Zinfandel.

This is a CLASSIC zinfandel, not fettered by the pruney-bullshit the tourists crave, Dry Creek Valley has gradually absconded to or Paso Robles has practically patented.  This is your ‘Cab-Styled’ Zinfandel, not terribly unlike the bottles from many producers in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  A brilliant wine.

2013 OAKVILLE WINERY Zinfandel Oakville, Napa Valley 14.7

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