Sunday, February 3, 2013

Updated Review: **** $$ DeLoach Zinfandel OFS (O.F.S), Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2008 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Zinfandel was one of the grapes that opened the Wild West in American winemaking.  Here is a zinfandel from the Russion River Valley of Sonoma in California.

Original tasting and review : October, 2011: This is DeLoach Zinfandel OFS (O.F.S), Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2008, finished at 15.5% alcohol, a real bruiser.  ps, the designation OFS means "Our Finest Selection", representing that this is a higher-end offering in the DeLoach line.

In the glass: DeLoach Zinfandel OFS shows as deep, dark, muddy red in the glass, moving to opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bright, aromatic and creamy red fruit.   From the aroma, seems like this will be rich, sweet and flavorful. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rich, creamy, sweet red currant and red cherry fruit, all softly wrapped in a light tannin robe. Sweet acids and sweet red fruit define the character, but the tannins show the way to a lasting finish, which is soft, lengthy, yet still clean.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value by our criteria.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Even brighter on the nose, red fruit with firework highlights.  Richer, redder fruit on the palate, still luscious. 

Updated review, over a year later, February, 2013: Red fruits on the nose, a hint of tangy acids. Remains rich, red and creamy on the palate. Still solid and yummy. Feels to be just about peaking.

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