Friday, March 15, 2013

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Brindle Dane Ranch Zinfandel, California, 2010 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a California zinfandel from MWD Vineyards, a maker of any number of custom-labeled wines distributed as "My Wines Direct".

Original tasting and review , November, 2011: This is Brindle Dane Ranch Zinfandel, California, 2010, finished at 14.6% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep red, almost opaque in the middle.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows deep purple red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be simple, fruity and big.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, simple and fun red berries on the palate, followed by a sweet and bright lifted wash and a very clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Softer and a little oakier on the nose and palate.  Still sweet, easy and clean. 
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Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Consistent color and big, simple red nose.  Think Rudolph the red nosed reindeer!  Still fun and clean.  Quite mineral and sleek overall.  Held up well to time, gains a plus for this sleekness.  Good value with the extra age.

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