Mayo Family Winery
2009 The Barnstormer Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
No shrinking violet
Juicy, dark and packed with flavor, today’s 2009 Mayo Family Winery Barnstormer Zinfandel is a must-have for any fan of fantastic Zinfandel.
A true Zinfandel-lover’s wine, today’s offering comes to you with our heartiest recommendation. While the Russian River Valley is known for producing outstanding Pinot and Chardonnay, the valley does possess a handful of ‘sweet spots’ for Zinfandel. Today’s wine was crafted from grapes from small, selected lots in the RRV - to make one heck of a Zin.
This wine is drinking beautifully now, and we’d suggest that you enjoy some now - but hold on to a few bottles for the next couple of years.
Please be sure to decant this wine for maximum enjoyment. 30 minutes should do the trick, rendering the wine softer and more juicy than on opening.
Dark and beautiful, with gorgeous strawberry juice hues from core to edge.
Full and sweet on the nose with pronounced candied cherry, sweet plum, sweet spice, ripe raspberry, and pomegranate at first. As the wine breathes, it releases some of the heat from the alcohol, ushering in more subtle notes of dark berry compote, stewed cherry and a hint of dried mission fig.
Flavors of chocolate covered cherries, blackberry and blueberry compote, dark baker’s chocolate and dried cassis take the lead. As the wine breathes and opens up, it unveils more subtle flavors of bramble, molasses and toasty oak.
Decant this wine, and you’ll be rewarded with a supple, long and flavorful finish. Berry and plum shine through for a very long time.
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