What to Drink Right Now: Celebrating with Zinfandel!

       I wanted to call this column a tale of three Zins, because of the wonderful similarities, and delicious differences, in three California Zinfandels I recently sampled. But, with all three sharing a note that shouts Christmas, pine, I had to group them in my holiday celebration column.  

       Don’t be scared off by the description of a note of pine as a tasting note. It’s not the first note you pick up and you don’t feel like you’re drinking a tree, but it’s definitely there. Backing up a bit, this column is about Zinfandel, not White Zinfandel. Zinfandel, when poured, is a brilliant garnet to dark purple color in the glass.  Zinfandel is a wine I know have often overlooked. Tasting these three wines, I’m so sorry I did. All are layered with unique and wonderful flavors. They’re all medium bodied, with lovely, long, dry finishes. But, they have their differences.

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Frank Family Vineyards 2015 Napa Valley Zinfandel

      Fruity and jammy notes make this a luscious Zinfandel. Red fruit, black fruit and brambly fruit all are present in this dark, yummy wine. Retailing at about $38, it’s a luxury wine that would be very appreciated as a hostess gift.

 

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Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

       Smokey chocolate and tobacco notes, think s’mores, make this an assertive and delectable Zinfandel. At $24, it’s a very affordable wine that will make a great lasting impression.

 

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Cline Ancient Vines 2016 Zinfandel

       Jammy and spicy, this wine is yet another beautiful expression of the Zinfandel grape. Easy drinking and food friendly, this wine is a complete steal at only $20.

 

What to Drink Right Now: The Hostess Gift

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