Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Axis Vintners Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, CA, 2007 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: If I say "Lodi", you may well say "old vine zinfandel".  So here we have a Lodi old vine zinfandel, made available at a modest price by Axis Vintners.

Original tasting and review , September, 2011 This is Axis Vintners Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, CA, 2007, finished at 14.8% alcohol.

In the glass: Axis zin is deep magenta, opaque about an inch in from the edge of the glass, with brick highlights, consistent with its age of four years since vintage date.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows thick, blustery red fruit.  Almost over the top, but holding just back from being overly primary.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick, perhaps syrupy, DEFINITELY new world!

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deeper, darker, more balanced and restrained berries than expected.  A full mouth, to be sure - perfumed, very ripe blackberries.  But nice acids are just lightly lifting up the edges; and tannins clean the sip. 

In summary: Overall, sweet, clean, lengthy and balanced new world zin just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Screaming best value at modest price.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:   Softer, jammy fruit on the nose. Quite consistent on the palate.  This has held up well, though not improved over the freshly-poured offering.
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Updated review, over a year later,  September, 2012:  Remains deep magenta. Fresh and still new world red fruit on the nose.  Subtle, clean and balanced palate.  More subtle than many California zinfandels.  But nice in its balance.  At five years, still standing up to the years in bottle.  

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