Basic info: Shannon Ridge High elevation collection Zinfandel, Lake County, CA – 2013
Price estimate: $20 (local wine store)
Look: Opaque. Dark garnet or plum in color.
Smell: hot. oak, charred wood.
Taste: jam. dark fruit and a little hot on the palate. Medium acidity and some black cherry flavors. Short finish.
Conclusions: I generally LOVE zinfandel, but this was not my favorite. It tasted of a lot of alcohol and I’m not sure of the bottle was bad or if it was just the style the one maker was going for.
Other notes: Zins for me are fruity, jammy and deep in flavor. This one didn’t do it for me. One of the great thing about a good zin is that you don’t take the alcohol, even when the abv is above 14%. They should be easy to drink and this one wasn’t.
From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from the winemaker, ” The Zinfandel delivers extracted characters of raspberry and blackberry with notes of pie spice, clove and anise.” 13.9% alcohol by volume.