Thursday, August 20, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2011 Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel

This week's wine is a Zinfandel from Oak Ridge - who bottle a "regular" Zin, as well as this Reserve-level wine. The promise of ancient vines makes me think of a big, delicious, jammy California wine... let's see if this wine delivers!
Wine: 2011 Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel
Region: Lodi California
Grape Varieties: Week

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $27
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Beautiful dark purple.
Aroma: Big fruit - blackberry, chocolate, vanilla, and baking spices.
Taste: Delicious! Big and fruity, a nice long finish.  A tiny bit of heat from the level of alcohol, but it does not present any problem.

The Grade: I give this one an A+.  At $27 this is a FANTASTIC wine - as long as you are a fan of the bigger, super-fruity Zins. I am - and this one is absolutely stellar.  (Sound of footsteps as I head out the door to buy more...). Cheers!

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