After winning a very intense tennis match last night, my partner, Susan and I met up with two other tennis buddies for a celebratory wine drinking spree. We deserved to celebrate! We were down 0-6 in the first set…..yet ended up with the match win. Our friends were celebrating their own win as well. I ordered a glass of Rosenblum Sonoma County Zinfandel. When it arrived, I wasn’t too impressed. A bit oxidized, very little distinctive fruit aromas and flavors, and no tannic structure. I was a bit disappointed, but took responsibility for my choice. Susan, on the other hand, asked for a taste of another Zin on the menu, the Scott Harvey, Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel. It was significantly better, we both loved it, and I switched my order; we ended up getting a bottle. Char had a Columbia Crest Chardonnay, and Coco had both!
The Harvey was sophisticated with a light taste of fruit on the palate and the gentle, peppery notes I like in a Zin. The immediate side-by-side difference was the notable tannic experience in the mouth…that pucker texture you feel on your tongue….a good amount, but not too much. Harvey describes their wine as thus, “it is produced in the old world style of balanced wine making. We want the wine to express the Amador Zinfandel terroir with good balance of fruit, French Oak, structural tannins and medium alcohol.” This old vine zin is produced from vines that have been in production since prohibition, and in the following link, I think you’ll enjoy hearing winemaker Scott Harvey talk about his vines. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WoaDZ5sK04
Pick up a bottle this weekend, you won't be disappointed. BTW, their Barbera is quite good too! xoxoSusan