2013 Zin Master Russian River Valley Sonoma County Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
We have another hidden gem wine that is well worthy of your attention - and affections! Today’s 2013 Zin Master Russian River Valley Sonoma County Zinfandel is one juicy, fruit-forward wine which was the smash hit of our recent tasting panel. We’re all smitten with this beauty and we guarantee that you’ll love it, too.
Bold and zesty on the nose, with spiced black cherry, boysenberry, cassis, black licorice, spice box, dusty bramble, grilled meat and black pepper. Darkly sweet and softly spiced on the palate, with flavors of boysenberry, black cherry, bramble, dried fall leaves, red currant, red licorice, chocolate covered dried cherry and black pepper.
Want to see the fun folks that make today’s juicy treat? Take a look at this video:
The Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County is particularly is known for exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but, with enough sunlight exposure to aid ripening, Zinfandel also grows exceptionally well here. This AVA was officially designated in 1983, but many of the wines in the region used the designation as early as the 1970s (early in California’s wine history) with many of the vines having been first planted in the early 1900s.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
90 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - ”The 2013 Zinfandel Zin Master is 88% Zinfandel, 8% Carignan, and 4% Petite Sirah. It offers attractive blueberry and blackberry fruit, a nice touch of high-quality oak, medium to full body, and plenty of character and richness. Drink this beauty over the next 5-7 years.”
Dark black cherry juice hues, with red accents. Bouncy when swirled, settling quickly.
Bold and zesty on the nose, with spiced black cherry, boysenberry, cassis, black licorice, spice box, dusty bramble, grilled meat and black pepper.
Boysenberry, black cherry, bramble, dried fall leaves, red currant, red licorice, chocolate covered dried cherry and black pepper.
Dark chocolate and dried cherry linger on and on. At the very end, flinty minerals and black pepper remain.
Enjoy with a huge pile of spaghetti and meatballs, or just about any grilled meat. Or, a pile of juicy ribs, slathered in zesty sauce.
What the Winery Says
- Doug Hackett
- 88% Zinfandel
- 8% Carignane
- 4% Petite Sirah
- Russian River Valley
- Residual Sugar