J. Doran Vineyards
2009 J Doran Vineyards Zinfandel
Zinfandel •J Doran Estate Vineyard
California: Contra Costa County
Going for Gold
Today’s recommended wine was a huge hit with our tasting panel. All of us so used to wines from Napa and Sonoma, when we tasted today’s delicious treat, we were all very impressed. Wines from Contra Costa can deliver comparable quality - for a far lower price than their Napa/Sonoma rivals - and this wine is reall proof of that!
Dark and lush, this wine is deeply flavorful, delightfully complex and such fun to drink. We found ourselves spending a great deal of time with this wine, exploring its myriad aromas and flavors. Unanimously, we all agreed that this wine delivers exceptional value.
We paired ours with a vegetarian lasagne that was loaded with grilled fresh vegetables. The combination was perfection. Enjoy now, or cellar for the next several years. We believe that this wine will continue to get even better.
Plummy red with a darker heart of pure garnet. After giving the wine a hearty swirl, it settles down, quickly, leaving behind tall, skinny, wine-solo red legs that move swiftly down the glass.
Lush and complex, with layers of aromas, led by brambly blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, pine and mocha out in front. As the wine opens up, black cherry, sweet baking spice, dried leather, cracked peppercorn, subtle sage and a hint of pine join in.
Black cherry, plum and bramble berries are followed by dried cherry, dried cranberry, tobacco leaf, dried leather, sweet spice, cedar and black pepper.
Extremely long, with spiced black fruit, mocha, bramble and sweet tobacco leaf, gradually yielding to cracked pepper, flint and a hint of cedar.