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 http://ugawino.blogspot.com/ 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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