Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: **** $$ Opolo Vineyards Summit Creek Zinfandel, Paso Robles, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Opolo Vineyards Summit Creek Zinfandel, Paso Robles, California, 2012, finished at 15.7% alcohol and first sampled merely two years from vintage date.

In the glass: Medium dusty red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright and sandy red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and bright together.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep and flush fruit, held tight but still big with hints of eucalyptus and blueberry.  Finishes clean with an alcohol sweep.

In summary: Overall, rates a big and bold three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated review, following long decant:  Soft and slick fruit on the nose.  The palate broadens considerably, bringing bold, flush, deep fruit with solid eucalyptus.  Plenty of sweetness brought on with the alcohol.  Catapults to a full four stars, becoming a best value and suggesting that this one could benefit from a few years of aging as an alternative to a longer decant.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Opolo Vineyards Summit Creek Zinfandel.

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