Drinking Tonight: VINTJs Old Vine Zinfandel

Another Trader Joe’s exclusive wine, $8.  This is a 2011, the vines are at least 30 years old, and it’s from Lodi – one of the key heritage Zin regions in California.  I’m having this with some barbequed chicken.

Photo0216Color: a solid purple-red, with good intensity.

Aroma: smoky bacon and peppercorns – this is 14.5% alcohol, so make sure it’s not too warm, or else you’ll just get heat on the nose.

Taste: this runs spice-fruit-spice as it flows over your tongue; the finish is 15+ seconds of spice, smoke, and cigar box.

This is not quite spicy enough to stand up to a 3-alarm barbeque sauce; it’s better with a smoky-sweet style. Excellent texture and body, and the price is excellent. Recommended!

 

 

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