Mazzocco Dry Creek Valley 2009 Zinfandel, $14.99-$24.99, 91 points, has a dark ruby almost burgundy color with a transparent rim.
A robust aroma shows bramble berries, spice, and a hint of licorice.
The medium body carries good acidity with moderate tannin.
Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and sarsaparilla are juicy without being sweet, and trail the finish with a slight floral trend with a heat accompaniment (15.6 alcohol).
Mazzocco Dry Creek Valley 2009 Zinfandel is a rather wild wine, but is surprising smooth with very good flavor. The NHLS' "power-buy" means I'll be stocking-up on this one.
This Zin's sin is the lack of spice on the finish, and some (not me) will not like the higher heat.
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