Thursday, January 19, 2012

Renwood Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2006

In the Glass: Light garnet color

On the Nose: Cherry, leather and white pepper notes

On the Palate: Sour cherry, raspberry and nutmeg with a hint of oak. Very clean finish with the spicyness of pepper predominant. Much more of a traditional claret character than most California zinfandels. This wine is ready to drink now and does not seem to have any cellaring potential. Tannins are almost negligible. Decanting for an hour or so is recommended and will bring out caramel after tones on the finish.

Style: Smooth, fresh and spicy

Rating: 88/100

Price Range: $8.00-10.00. Widely available at most wine stores.

Comments: This California zinfandel was a pleasant surprise. It was a light and spicy wine with just the right complexity to make it interesting and easy to drink! I am not a big fan of the latest style in California zinfandels that are correctly described as "fruit bombs". This is much more in the style of an Italian primitivo varietal wine elaboration from Puglia, where the zinfandel grape hails from originally. Renwood winery is quite famous for their higher priced black label zinfandels that are produced from 150 year old vines, the oldest in California. The red label wines from Renwood winery are produced from their younger vines and are much simpler than their high-end wines in the Sierra foothills.

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