Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: **** $$ Downing Family Vineyards Fly By Night Zinfandel, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 2008 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The Oakville region of Napa, California, is most well-known for the cabernet sauvignon it produces.  Today we are trying a zinfandel from this sub-region, and a zinfandel that sells at a modest price no less.  Let's see whether "Fly By Night" soars. 



Original tasting and review : This is Downing Family Vineyards Fly By Night Zinfandel, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 2008, finished at 14.4% alcohol and aged for 14 months in French and American oak.  Made by winemaker Randy Mason.

In the glass: Medium red with brilliant ruby highlights.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows sweet, rich, almost candied red fruit with light spices.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet, savory, easy and attractive.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, with sweet tobacco elements surrounding the succulent sweet red currant fruit.  Yet a nice structure of acids and tannins surrounds the luscious palate, bringing a long, lingering, yet clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rich red experience rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this an easy choice as a "best value" wine.  "Fly By Night" is good enough to take the day flight - in first class!

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Red and sweet on the nose.  The palate has held quite consistent, neither improved nor undermined.  Following very long decant, three more days kept cool in partially filled bottle:Nose remains buoyant.  Palate is still rock-solid.


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