Tuesday, April 27, 2010

*** $ Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin, Lodi, CA, 2008 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:   


By way of background: Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin is made from head-trained zinfandel grapes hailing from Lodi, CA. The 2008 vintage is finished with aging in French and American oak and tips in at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass:  Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin shows as in deep magenta in the glass, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Lodi zin shows a smoky, oaky deep fruit nose, big, bad and bold. 


On the palate: The first elements on the palate are sweet blackberry wrapped in oak.  Components of a charcoal broil come through in the background. 

And the wrap-up: The finish is aromatic and fades slowly away with smoky notes.

In summary: Overall, a big, bold, old zin experience. Totally new world. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, delivering much, much more than its very modest price demands.  Best value.


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