I made a spicy pot of chili tonight, so what better to have with that than a spicy old-vine Zin – especially considering that I got the bottle on sale last week? Bogle makes this from 60- to 80-year-old vines grown in Lodi and Amador Counties – two of the best spots in California for old-vine Zin.
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel (2011) California – $11
Aroma: black pepper and warm spice, followed immediately by some plummy fruit. Reminds me of an Alsatian plum tart.
Taste: cherry, plum, and berry fruit balanced with black pepper. Just a touch of nutmeg and toasted oak towards the back of the palate. A good finish, with better-than-expected length.
This is a lovely counterpoint to the jalapeno, beef, onion, cayenne, and tomato in the chili. It’s a good bottle to get on hand, but if you’re facing the normal Ohio retail price of $16 to $18, I think there are better deals to be had. Buy this only when you can get it on sale.