2011 Zinfandel, Carignane, Grenache
$26.00 per bottle / $280.80 per case
$22.10 per bottle / $249.60 per case (Members)
A wine with no name, but indicated only by varietal percentages—as anonymous as that which you might find served to you en carafe in an albergo. Un pò rustico, one (rightfully) concludes. Now, (the truth can now be told), I’m no great fan of Zinfandel. Generally too blowsy, too loud, a bit like the tourists you run into at Disney World.
Instead, this is really just an ultra-delicious, sappy excursion into the land of black raspberry and blackberry jam with maybe just maybe the vaguest suggestion of Damson plum. There is a wonderful, very discreet mineral sub-text (presumably provided by the Carignane), which in no way interferes with the absolute gulpability of this exceptionally friendly wine. Soft, dulcet, and exceptionally rich on the palate.
But ’11 was a magical vintage in what would otherwise be the thermically overachieving sandy lanes of burgs, Antioch and Oakley, respectively. Coolness was all in 2011, and there is precious little of the over-ripe pruney character one often finds in Zinfandel.
To be enjoyed immediately—ideally with barbecue, or any fashion of slow-cooked, braised meat or bird.