Monday, March 10, 2014

Hillgate Lake County 2011 Zinfandel

Hillgate Lake County 2011 Zinfandel, $8.49-$18.99, 78 points, began in the glass as a slightly murky deep purple, purple/red with a clear rim.
The nose was more prune with a hint of cedar than blackberry.
Full bodied with good acidity and mild tannin.
Tart prune and a floral note pervaded the entire palate and into the long unpleasant finish with a bit of heat (14%5 alcohol).
I wish I could say something nice, but it is what it is.


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1 comment:

  1. Of course it seems that there was (is) a spoilage issue here, maybe cooked, but as far as the cork is concerned there was no evidence of that. There is a reason the price was reduced so much. Also, not being particularly old, I sure would like to know how this wine was warehoused! Consider: it probably wasn't warehoused in isolation? Either way, Hillgate should want to know. I do have another bottle, and they're welcome to it!