rpm wrote:I generally like aged Zinfandel, and I've been known to keep them more than 20 years in the case of some 1970s.
This one, given the high alcohol, overripe fruit aromas/flavors almost universally described, and the fragility tasters have noted, is probably not my style, even based on the original winemaker's notes which talk about vanilla (which usually reflects oak tannin) and caramel (which often reflects very-to-over-ripe fruit and/or residual sugar)
Someone asked about brambly earlier: I think of it as an aroma (and flavor related to the aroma) that reminds me of the way a bramble bush smells on a warm Indian Summer day after the berries are picked or fallen.
It's funny, but although I like a lot of the wines you do, my Zinfandel tastes have gone the other way. It's such a lively fruit, I reckon you either want it austere and trying to be like sort of a less-complex zingy Merlot with more kick, or (maybe as here) ripe, dark, fruity, fun, and ridiculous!
I reckon if a Zin is done well in the ripe style it's amazing, fun and doesn't aspire to be austere, balanced or for pairing with partridge!
The Redemption from Alexander Valley Vineyards is like that. From a woot trio, big brother of the weedy Sin Zin, it's just all dark fruit, fun, and cojones.
If these are that full of spheres, and lively to boot, then they may well be worth a punt. I see Zin as a grape where a winemaker can make a populist, accessible wine with some ripeness and depth if you want, but certainly with a lot of enjoyment!