Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Graziano Zinfandel, Mendocino, California, 2007 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Mendocino, California, may not be the most well-known location for zinfandel, but it does seem to be coming on strong.

Original tasting and review, August, 2011: This is Graziano Zinfandel, Mendocino, California, 2007, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  The grapes are farmed in a number of vineyards from the region.

In the glass:  Medium deep dusty red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold, deep, somewhat oaky lush red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, gritty and aromatic. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very aromatic with red berries and soft, earthy grit. Becomes a brighter experience as you open up to it. Nice acids for food, with solid scrubbing tannins. And plenty of bright red currant fruit, sweet enough to keep drawing you in.  Finish lingers, ends clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its combination of weight and lightness.  Good value.

Following long decant, two days at room temperature in partially filled bottle:  Nose remains consistent, but the palate moves to vibrant cleaner red.  Held up well.

Updated review, almost three years later, now seven years from vintage date, May, 2014:  Same color.  Aroma is still of dusty red berries, with some oak powder now.  Very consistent on the palate, with red berries and grit in a bright surround.  Holding age fabulously well, including the bright subtle sweetness.

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