Verde Sole Sierra Foothills 2009 Zinfandel, $11.47-$17.99, 88 points, now is as sexy as is its label, with an unfiltered appearance of ruby red trending crushed blackberry and an obligatory youthful clear rim.
Having a lovely aroma of sweet cooking spice and cedar, this vintage is a startling maturation of a vineyard in a short period of time.
A medium-plus body greeted my palate with a smooth texture, good acidity, a backbone of tannin sufficient to hold-up to common American pizzas and barbecues.
Flavors are so much more pleasing than the last time I tasted this wine (What have they done to it?), and with some complexity of wild blackberries, plum, hints of chocolate and licorice make for a remarkably good red wine.
Finishes fair on a trailing palate, some spice, and a hint of heat (14.3% alcohol).
If Christian, the winemaker, keeps this progress going, he'll succeed in making all of us happy winos.
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