Sunday, August 15, 2010

***+ $ StarFire Zinfandel, 2006, Lodi, CA - Wine Review and Rating (BEST VALUE)

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Original Review, May, 2009: StarFire Zinfandel is made from Lodi, CA, grapes and bottled by Starry Night Winery of Sebastopol, CA. I enjoyed an earlier vintage (2001) Starry Night Zinfandel from the Terra Alta Vineyard in Lodi, reviewed here.

The StarFire Lodi Zinfandel, 2006, shows deep dusty red in the glass. Not opaque, no bricking or purple. It has a deep, almost brooding aroma, nice touch of charred oak with the fruit.

On the palate, a sweet, dark oak is quite noticeable at first in the middle, with deep black and red fruits with a touch of spice swirling about it. Think blackberries and black cherries. Enough toughness and mild acid to stay in bottle for a few more years, but no harm to be drinking this right away either. Finish is a touch hot of alcohol, but still mellow and slightly sweet.

Three stars with a plus for its deep edginess. Awesome value.

Update Review, over a year later, August, 2010:  Consistent color.  Now less charcoal, but a bit of charcoal dust on the nose.  On the palate, the dark fruit and charcoal oak remain forefront.  Acids have receded a bit, and the finish is more integrated.  Still a great value, is holding up well to age.

Following long decant, two days under vacuum in partially-filled bottle:  Consistent notes, very well-integrated.

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