Monday, May 30, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, 2007 (GOOD VALUE)

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By way of background: Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County tends towards red-berry-toned cabernets and zinfandels.  Just as redemption naturally follows sin, here we're giving a try to the "follow-on" wine to the more ubiquitous Sin Zin Zinfandel from Alexander Valley (to the east of Dry Creek Valley). 


Initial review : This is Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, 2007, finished at a fairly whopping 15.7% alcohol.

In the glass: Redemption Zinfandel shows as a deep rust red, almost moving to opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a long overnight decant in a partially filled bottle and swirled vigorously, shows motor oil and bright compote of red fruits  From the aroma, seems like this will be slick, bright, bold and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact intense, thick red berries, yielding spices and heat all around your mouth.  Plenty of red fruit, but backed by a wide swath of surrounding acids and tannins.  These holds the red berries fast for a long, but decidedly clean, finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for potent redness. Definitely in the good value category.

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