Friday, February 14, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Ghost Pines Zinfandel, Winemaker's Blend, California, 2011 & 2012 = GOOD VALUES

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a zinfandel blended from two entirely different growing regions in California.

Original tasting and review , June, 2013: This is Ghost Pines Zinfandel, Winemaker's Blend, California, 2011, finished at a whopping 15.4% alcohol.  It is a blend of 67% Sonoma County zinfandel and 33% San Joaquin County zinfandel.  It is from the Louis Martini family of wines.

In the glass: Deep, ruddy red with hints of purple, not quite opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at  room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows layered zinfandel fruit expression with compelling mineral sleekness and hints of chocolate.   From the aroma, seems like this will be big but still sophisticated.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean, balanced, sweet and rich, but with a certain "adultness" to the palate.  It has bright elements and shows more red berry than black fruit.  Tannins do polish the fruit and give lasting layers.  The finish works for a very long time, squeaking little drops of red strawberry/cherry candy down your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Easy-going good value.

Vintage update, tasting and review , March, 2014: This is the 2012 vintage, finished at a more modest 14.8% alcohol.  This year, it is a blend of 61% Sonoma County zinfandel and 39% San Joaquin County zinfandel.  Comparable color and nose to the 2011.  The palate brings the dark yet sleek richness that is consistent with the 2011.  Same 3+ stars and "good value" designation.

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