Scandal Zinfandel 2018
Bill making a Zin? Now that is a scandal!
Zinfandel, grown right and made right, can produce wine that exhibits powerful dark fruit flavors, distinctive spice-pepper-cinnamon notes and hard-to-define floral undertones, producing a very drinkable, full bodied red wine.
In this case the result is a Zinfandel made by a Bordeaux lover - what a Scandal!
Dry and not too high in alcohol, it offers a touch of spicy and peppery notes followed by a rich array of very ripe blackberries, blueberries and a little black pepper-cinnamon combination.
Scandal impresses on every level, from the smooth, rich tannin to the dryness and above all the depth and range of flavors. This beautiful Zinfandel should age well through 2015 if you can keep from drinking it before.
Only 650 cases produced.
Like many Zinfandel vineyards in Dry Creek Valley this one contains very small percentages of Petite Sirah and Shiraz. This varietal complexity seems to add a soft, sensual quality with a slightly broader flavor profile, bringing structure to the resulting wine which is still over 97% Zinfandel.
The soil here is not rich and the rocks keep the vines from being overly-aggressive. All this makes for an easy time in the winery. Although a well mannered wine we treat the Zinfandel in the same way as Pinot and it shows in the drink-ability of this classic Zin, robust and hearty, perhaps California’s greatest barbecue wine.
French oak for 12 months - 33% new, 33% one use, balance neutral.