Armida Winery 'Maple Vineyards' Dry Creek Valley 2014 Zinfandel, $16.99-$45.99, 90 points, was one of those wines that just when 'you' (I) thought I understood it, like quicksilver it was something else.
For the newbies out there, be patient, because though we 'all' understand that wine "is alive" (Sideways) and changes from moment to moment, day to day, and year to year, at least I don't expect it to be a Zinfandel reminiscent of a BIG Cabernet Sauvignon with deep impregnable purple/reds, aromas of rich blackberry/black currant, and full-bodied with lush tannins and a lush texture to boot, only an hour later finding it more true to its heritage (DNA), showing more Kirsch, licorice, and briar fruit on the nose, more astringent texturally, and even the taste and texture morphed remarkably from Cab-like to Dry Creek Zin-like with a gamey savory and jammy flavor profile.
Finished tart with little pepper spices, a bit of wild red raspberry and pomegranate along with a spot-on 14.9% alcohol.
Paired great with my BBQ spareribs.
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