Blueberries and peppers

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Brand NameBallentine Vineyards
Wine NameOld Vines Zinfandel
Vintage (Year)2009
AVANapa Valley
CountryUnited States
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeZinfandel
Dry/Sweet Level
(1-5; 5 being the sweetest)
Body Range
(1-5; 5 being full-bodied)
Alcohol %15.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

I would swear that this wine had Pinot Noir, Cab or Syrah in the blend because I taste a little green/bell peppers as well as some black pepper.  You are instantly hit with some very deep blueberry combined with dark cherries, but there is the undercurrent of bell peppers and black pepper on the backend that makes you recognize as well.

The finish lasts longer than half a minute and devolves the flavor profile towards vegetal, but you still have the pepper aspects running around your mouth like a giddy school kid hopped up on Jolly Ranchers.

The color is a very inky purple and the nose floors you with the wallop of 15.5% alcohol. 

All I can say is that this wine can lead to some trouble, both good and bad.


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