J. Doran Vineyards
2010 Contra Costa Zinfandel
California: Contra Costa County
Today’s 2010 J Doran Zinfandel is a big, bold and juicy wine that hails from the sometimes overlooked Contra Costa AVA (American Viticultural Appellation). This region is rife with old vine wines, including some of the richest and most extracted Zins we’ve come across. Perhaps wines from Contra Costa are so good because the vines have to fight so hard to find water, digging deeper into the soils than their Sonoma County cousins.
Today’s wine has a big nose. One that matches perfectly with the palate; the wine bursts with layers of rich aromas and concentrated flavors. This wine is a real BBQ wine and with Springtime upon us - and summer just around the corner - we’ll be stocking up on this very budget-friendly wine from our good friend, Chris Doran.
Dark and inky with darkest purple hues, from the opaque heart of the wine, right out to the purple edging.
Big and very extracted, with bold aromas of blueberry and blackberry compote right out in front. Just behind these, black tea leaf, smoky black cherry, stewed plum, sweet blackberry candy, tobacco and cracked peppercorn round out the very rich nose.
Very bold and concentrated with loads of stewed berry fruit, plum and . These are balanced out by leather and the other earthen characteristics found on the nose.
Dusty leather is balanced against dark fruits and bold black pepper. This wine is chewy but also smooth. At the tail end, smoky oak and cracked pepper persist.
This wine begs to be paired with a hearty grilled steak, chicken teriyaki or a home baked blackberry pie ala mod.