Friday, April 9, 2010

***+ $$ Napa Cellars Zinfandel, Napa, CA, 2007 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Napa Cellars Zinfandel from Napa Valley, CA, is one of the wineries from the widespread Trinchero Family Estates line, produced by California winemaking native Joe Shirley . Find prices and retail availability. The 2007 vintage is finished at 14.9% alcohol. I earlier reviewed the 2004 vintage and I was quite a fan.

In the glass: Napa Cellars Zinfandel shows as deep muddy red in the glass, opaque to within an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this California zinfandel unfortunately sported just a touch of cork taint on the nose.  This is not a specific flaw to this wine, but shows up in an unfortunate percentage of all natural-corked bottled wines. Not overwhelming, but enough to hide some of the fruit on the nose.  I picked up some definite spices and black fruit behind the cork.  We'll see if the palate is impacted. 

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a wide and sweet red fruit sweep across my palate.   Spices are still apparent - light pepper in tone - but layered in rich sweet fruit.  Potent alcohol brings black fruit into your cheeks.  Solid palate despite the cork.

And the wrap-up: The finish is driven by the alcohol, staying sweetly red and long-lived.

In summary: Overall, a strong experience, yielding three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a definite plus because it generated this strength despite being slightly corked.  Good value.

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