Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: ***+ $ Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2010, 2011 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin.

By way of background, opening thoughts: We reviewed this Lodi zinfandel in an earlier vintage before, and found it a great value.  Let's try this newer vintage.

Original tasting and review , January, 2013: This is Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium deep red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, deep red and fruity.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich with red berries and some depth.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet red berries, rich red raspberry in tone, yet soft, sleek and rich.  Clean finish with a slightly bright edge.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its bright and friendly depth.  Best value.


Updated review, 2011 vintage, May, 2013:  Deep red, almost opaque in the center.  Dark red on the nose with some intriguing, funky overtones.  Deeply rich black red, with furry toned light tannins and some black oak.  Deep finish.  Almost touches four stars.  Remains an awesome best value.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin.

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