Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: *** $$ Van Ruiten Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Lodi is a widely-recognized appellation in California for enjoyable old vine zinfandel.


Original tasting and review : This is Van Ruiten Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2010, finished at 14.9% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep, ruddy red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft fruit with purple, black and oaky overtones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich, ripe (perhaps almost overripe or lightly oxidized in style?).

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very consistent with the aromas and expectations, except there is no over-ripeness evident. Bright and energetic.

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

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