Friday, October 4, 2013

Review and Rating: **** $$ Napa Cellars Zinfandel, 2004, Napa, CA

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Original Review, three years from vintage date, December, 2007:

Trinchero Family Estates makes this zinfandel from grapes gathered from northeast Napa vineyards. You may know Trinchero for some other brands, such as Folie a Deux or Menage a Trois or even the Sutter Home line.

In the glass, this is a deep, ruddy red, transparent just at the edge. Glint of purple. On the nose, it is a big, beefy, bloody, oaky, deep fruited red. With a deep draw, you even get a touch of pleasant stinky feet.

On the palate, big gobs of intense fruit explode
from the center of your mouth. The 15.5% alcohol hits hard, punching this fruit into your brain. Sweet, dark, aromatic fruit squeezing out like compote of dark black cherries, surrounded by just a faint coating of beach sand. My kind of new world attack wine. I'd stick with it for an evening, so that's four stars of five. Great value.

According to the winemaker, "
On the nose, the wine reveals jammy fruit aromas of raspberry, blueberry, and cedar. The true complexity, however, is expressed on the palate with a lingering finish of blackberry jam, vanilla spice and a hint of rustic dustiness."

Updated review, almost six years later, now nine years from vintage date, October, 2013:  Now medium deep red.  Still a beefy, bold red nose.  On the palate, the black cherries have become more fully ripe red cherries, but still a sweet, savory, bold attack on your senses.  Perfectly drinkable still and not showing any signs of having aged too far. Still in the best value category.

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