Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cortina Dry Creek Is Zinfandel Country

Seghesio Cortina Dry Creek 2007 Zinfandel, $34.99, is a deep ruby color with a pleasant black berries aroma. This is a very focused wine which is intent on delivering a start-to-finish luscious feel and flavor of spicy pepper with hints of cigar-box, earth, and licorice. This is a medium-bodied wine that does not disappoint. However, it is not vastly superior to the Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel, the Cortina is better balanced and structured, but at $34.99 fails to significantly distinguish itself from its much less expensive cousin, which in some sense elevates the Sonoma Zinfandel's value.
Having 15.5% alcohol does not detract from the quality of this Zin, but compliments the tannin.

Paired with the spiciest cuisine is this wine's intent, but to just savor by itself separates this wine from the pack.

I scored the Cortina 91

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