Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cakebread Cellars Red Hills Lake County 2007 Zinfandel

Cakebread Cellars Red Hills Lake County 2007 Zinfandel, $39.99, 93 points, invites the word "Terroir" to make its appearance ("placeness"), because this Zin comes from "vines which are rooted in magnificent, red volcanic soils (2000 feet above sea-level) and enjoy a perfect southwestern exposure.  Warm sunny days and nights cooled by breezes from nearby Clear Lake provide ideal conditions for California’s heritage grape variety." Cakebread
I opened this Zin cool (57 degrees) and found the nose to be hesitant, but as the wine warmed the aroma of alcohol (15.6%) became cocoa and black cherry.
The color is ruby trending light Shiraz.
The body is medium with bright bold acidity and noticeable tannin.
Flavors are zesty with prominent strawberry. 
The 2007 Cakebread Zin finishes with subtle, but prolonged white pepper.
Zinfandel wines that are smooth, delicious, very drinkable, but not without complexity are hard to find; I believe this is a unique expression of California Zinfandel wine.
As you might have figured out by now, this wine rates high on my recommendation list, even at the higher price.

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