Vineyard: Twisted Wines
Wine: Old Vine Zinfandel
Price: $15.99 per Magnum
Notes: This wine was soft, mellow and fruity. For me the nose carried scents of red fruits – plum and cherry – along with hints of vanilla. On the palate the red plum and cherry repeated with hints of strawberry as it breathed. I also tasted some vanilla and an underlying note of anise. Very light tannins brought a slight fuzziness on the tongue and a bit of menthol to the finish. The acidity was low, and the label put the alcohol at 13.5%.
It wasn’t a wine epiphany. It isn’t even, generally speaking, the kind of Zinfandel I prefer. But I know from personal experience that this Old Vine Zin from Twisted Wines can make a pretty good budget-friendly selection to share at an informal party. In fact, I took a bottle to a get-together this weekend where it was a big hit. Of course, this is not for the wine enthusiast group, or the wine tasting event, or the “I insist on Dom Perignon in my Mimosa” crowd: this is for an easy, breezy chat-with-neighbors-in-the-condo-courtyard-and-eat-grilled-burgers kind of gathering.
Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur. See “About” for the full disclaimer.