Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gamba Russian River Old Vine Moratto 2007 Zinfandel

Gamba Moratto Russian River Old Vine 2007 Zinfandel, $39.59-$43.99, 93 points, is another big Zinfandel wine, but unlike some big alcohol, rich textured, and fruit-forward Zinfandels, this one, with some air, is vibrantly layered with sharp cherry-plum, with licorice, and hot spices that carry well with the BIG 15.9% alcohol, but these are magnified on the long finish.
The color is deep purple, the aroma is bramble fruit with cedar hints, dried herbs and jalapeno pepper.
This wine competes with some big Cabernet Sauvignons, and though not as elegant as an  Isosceles, it boasts the power of a sophisticated punch. 


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  1. Wow. Sounds delicious, if a bit pricey. And I know it shouldn't make any difference, but I think that's a very classy package.

  2. Bill, the Gamba got better the second day, but the third day had a slight decline. You might remember how disappointed I was with the "Lust" wine; Gamba still might not be for everyone as you hear so many talk about "Those big alcohol fruit bombs", but I wouldn't put this in that category.
    Yes, the bottle is beautiful too.