Monday, June 18, 2012

Z-52 Winery Truchard Vineyards 2007 Zinfandel

Z-52 Winery Truchard Vineyards 2007 Zinfandel, $8.49-$21,99, 92 points, and this is probably going way out on a limb, but let me say unequivocally that this Zinfandel is the best Zinfandel value in New Hampshire at this time! This wine has some aging time left in it too. I find this Z-52 is nearly perfectly balanced between sweet and dry, but there is complexity in this wine. I've been a fan of Truchard wines from day one, and when I just walked past this one, it was because I hadn't seen a single wine from them that looked anything other than how the wines in the back-ground appear.
Bill from has kindly pointed out that the grapes were sourced from Truchard Vineyards in Napa Valley. Thank you Bill!
To the wine:
Z-52 2007 Zinfandel has a deep ruby-garnet color with a broad transparent rim.
Aromatically, this wine is beautiful, with the trio of cinnamon, clove, and cedar, but with some sweet cherry and graphite (pencil) as well.
The medium-plus body has good acidity and a sufficient tannic presence to carry all that and cherry, plum, dry coca, and a gentle hint of tobacco, onto its white pepper spicy finish.
For my palate, this is one of the best Zinfandel wines I've tasted this year, but I'll warn you, other reviewers are not so kind to this wine (based on their 2006 reviews); how can you go wrong with a $9 Napa Valley Zin?
The alcohol (14.5-14.8%) was unnoticeable.


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  1. I did a little search for this and I get the impression that the Z-52 Zinfandel isn't made by Truchard; rather it's made by Z-52 Cellars from Zin grapes from Truchard's vineyard.

    Great note. I'm intrigued. Might even have to send these guys an e-mail about Kansas distribution.....

  2. Well, bye-golly, you have something there Bill.
    As I examine the bottle it say "Truchard vineyards" and that certain confused me (Not hard to do). I'll have to make some QQQuick adjustments. . .

  3. A ha! I have actually had this very wine...and I found it quite delightful.

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    1. V-G, always nice to find a good solid Zin without it going overboard, and without some annoying-conflicting flavor, thanks for you comments.