Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Woot Cellars Boss Monster Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, CA, 2007 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background:This "Boss Monster" offering, with a label straight from the Pac-Man era, hails from Woot Cellars.  It is 2007 zinfandel (with 11% petite sirah) from Dry Creek Valley, California, finished at 14.7% alcohol. 

Original Review, December, 2009:
In the glass: Medium-deep red, moves towards opaque in the center of the glass.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously,shows a deep, rich, mentholated nose with violet streaks. 

On the palate: First note is top-of-mouth tannins, followed by a light fruit transition to your tongue.

And the finish: Holds nicely balanced in the mid-fruit range, leaving light residual acids with the red fruit.

In summary: Two star star experience on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for potential with a bit of decanting or bottle age.  Decent value.

Updated review, over two years later, May, 2012:  Very consistent color and deep menthol nose.  The palate remains a bit disappointingly hollow, following a quick blast of structure with a flare of menthol purple fruit.  Fun.  But quick.  Quick and fun.   Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle: Sweet, gentle scented nose, more of violets and lavender than menthol now.  The aromas move across the palate now, filling in the holes from earlier this week.  Brings Boss Monster to three stars and makes it a best value designation.

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