Monday, September 28, 2015

Haywood Los Chamizal Sonoma Valley 2009 Zinfandel

Haywood Los Chamizal Sonoma Valley 2009 Zinfandel, $15.99,$29.99, 89 points, poured mostly ruby red with flashes of maroon up to the thin clear wine ring.
Aromas of marzipan, flowers, blueberries, and rich wild blackberries were quite good.
Very soft, supple (atypical) medium-plus bodied wine with fair acidity and easy early palate tannin, carried good flavors of mulberry, briar-berries, damson plum, and truffle.
Finished okay on easy spice notes (the label says pepper flavors), a more pronounced tannin, and a cool, but insidious 14.1 alcohol (I think it was higher).
Paired perfectly with our pepperoni pizza.
Commentary: This one was an unusual Zinfandel, but I liked it very much, and for the $16, you will too; if Big alcohol Zins bother you, and fruit bombs aren't your thing, then this should be a no-brainer! 


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  1. Haywood is an excellent producer and their Rocky Terrace and Morning Sun Zinfandels are two of the best around.

    1. John, thx for the heads-up; this is the first time I've seen this vineyard, but if the 2 other offering are better, I can't wait to find them!