There's been a lot of words in print and the ether of the WWW about wine style, especially the war between "New World" style and "Old World" style. I'll be writing on that topic a little later but for this posting we're talking definitely "New World" in this offering from the Lodi Appellation in central California. Old Vine Zin is Lodi’s specialty, with some families tending vines over 120 years old (there is no real formal definition of Old Vine but 120 years is pretty danged old) and some of the best Zinfandel today comes from Lodi. This wine is a great example of a big, expressive "New World" style wine. Deep ruby in color this wine opens with black cherry, plum, dark chocolate and a hint of white pepper on the nose. A full-bodied wine, the tannins were dusty with nicely balanced acidity and luscious dark fruits producing a long finish with a touch of spiciness that was delicious. If you like a juicy, fruit-forward wine with nice acid and tannin structure that packs a little punch you'll definitely enjoy this wine.
Number of wines reviewed in 2010: 112