Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sanctuary Scores A Near Zinfandel Zero

With a hand-written and numbered information panel on the back label, I was so looking forward to tasting this Sanctuary Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge 2005 Zinfandel, $24.94, 82 points; that back label begins with "The Promise Of Red" and the bottle was numbered 11478 out of 12060 bottles.

The color was coppery red, the aroma (A spicy cinnamon plum) was interesting and pleasant, but that was the end of my optimism for a Zin I had never heard of: early-palate light lead to mid-palate floral bitterness that carried over right through a long unpleasant finish. Was it awful? No, but at $24.94 I was greatly disappointed.
To be fair, this Zin was okay paired with a rich American chop suey..
If you are interested in a good Mendocino Zinfandel, try this!

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