Sunday, April 11, 2010

***+ $$ Relativity Vineyards Quantum Reserve Zinfandel Blend, CA, 2007 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Relativity Vineyards Quantum Reserve is said to be a blend of zinfandel, petite syrah, syrah, charbono, gamay, cab and malbec, selected from excess bulk wines provided by some more well-known and unnamed vineyards.  The question remains open as to whether Relativity Vineyards does, in fact, have any vineyards associated with the business.  Nonetheless, what's in the bottle matters too, so let's investigate. The 2007 vintage is finished at a whopping 15.4% alcohol.

In the glass: Relativity Vineyards Quantum Reserve shows as deep muddy red in the glass, opaque just in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant, this zin-based California blend shows a deep, black-fruited and ruddy aroma on first sniff.  Upon swirling, more red fruits come forward.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a solid, slick, sweet and mineral-toned core of lush red fruit, think very ripe blackberries and red and black currants.   That moves in a balanced way across your palate.

And the wrap-up: The finish is lengthy and deep-red toned.  

In summary: Overall, bold and luscious ripe red sip, nicely hiding the high alcohol.  Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, because I would definitely seek it out again, with a plus for its big, bold and still friendly style.  Think Snagglepuss.  Good value.

Following lengthy decant, one week under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  Aromas, palate and finish all move a bit towards the "plum" dimension.  Still solid, but not improved over drinking on the initial open.

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