Monday, August 1, 2011

Spirit of #Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $ Paso Station #Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA, 2008 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: This is Paso Station Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA. The 2008 vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

Original Tasting and Review: July, 2010

In the glass: Paso Station Zinfandel is glistening deep magenta.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Paso Robles zinfandel shows a sweet, eucalyptus-tinged beefy fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a full and sweet mid-palate black cherry fruit to begin things, followed by acids that move across your tongue.  Tannins are not noticeable, but the sweet/acid combo does lend a nice, luscious balance.

In summary: Overall, a solid, deep, but not over-the-top California zinfandel experience. Rates three full stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a definite best buy at its "practically free" price.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:   Aromatics are more shy and bright now.  The palate has moved to a sweet red fruit, nicely balanced, finishing sweet and rich.   Outstanding with the decant too, gets a plus for having the power to survive that.

Updated review, one year later, August, 2011: Consistent color and nose, perhaps just the slightest bit softer on the eucalyptus notes.  Remains a full, rich black cherry experience on the palate.  Little in the way of layers or challenge, but remains thoroughly delicious. Following long decant, full day in partially filled bottle at room temperature:  Sweet and bright red berries on the nose.  Rich on the palate, now smooth red ripe cherries, rather than the black cherries of yesterday.  Outstanding longevity.

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