Razzed

I'm just going to say it, raspberry. You're acting like an attention-crazed child who has had too many sweets.

I get it. You're delicious. And you smell really great. Especially in balanced and full-bodied Zinfandels such as these.

But do you really need to interject yourself between every single flavor note? It's enough just to mention yourself once. For instance, this 2008 Alexander Valley Zinfandel has a nose of intense blackberries, black pepper, raspberries and coffee.

See? Subtle yet descriptive. The perfect balance of pride and humility.

But then in the 2009 Alexander Valley Zinfandel, you kind of just butt in line. Right out of the gate it's all, "Breathe in the nose of intense raspberries, cedar and black pepper, followed by rich flavors of BERRIES and coffee."

A little ungracious, don't you think? And worse, you even tried to slip yourself in a second time by using your more informal name, "berries." You're not fooling anyone, raspberry.

Even so, I have to say, I really didn't expect the shenanigans you tried to pull in the 2010 Alexander Valley Zinfandel. Just read this to yourself and tell me if you think this is becoming of a normally sophisticated fruit such as yourself.

"The 2010 vintage smells like RASPBERRIES ripe for the picking. Balanced and full-bodied with great acid to complement food, your mouth will water as you breath in a nose of intense RASPBERRIES, followed by rich flavors of RASPBERRIES, coffee and mocha."

I don't even know what to say. It's just disgraceful. And might I add, a little desperate. Really, I'm embarrassed for you. Why don't you just go back to the wine cellar and think about that for awhile.

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2008 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 750ml

Balanced and full bodied, your mouth will water as you breathe in the nose of intense blackberries and black pepper, followed by rich flavors of raspberries and coffee. This wine is juicier than the 2007 vintage; but like its previous vintage, there are solid tannins that will allow this wine to age gracefully for many years to come.

2009 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 750ml 2-Pack 2-Pack

Consistently one of Inspiration Vineyards most popular wines; it is easy to drink alone or enjoy with food. This wine smells like a berry patch that is ripe for the picking; Balanced and full bodied, your mouth will water as you breathe in the nose of intense raspberries, cedar and black pepper, followed by rich flavors of berries, and coffee.

2010 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 750ml

The 2010 vintage smells like raspberries ripe for the picking. Balanced and full bodied with great acid to complement food, your mouth will water as you breath-in a nose of intense raspberries, followed by rich flavors of raspberries, coffee and mocha.

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Specs

Winery Retail Price: $100.00
Average Shipping:  $22.00
Average Tax:   $4.90
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Total MSRP:   $121.90

 

2008 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 750ml

  • Vineyard: Muzzin Ranch Appellation: Alexander Valley
  • Varietal Blend: 100% Zinfandel
  • Harvest Date: September 14th 2008
  • Brix at Harvest: 25.0°
  • Total Acid: .54 g/L
  • pH: 3.69
  • Alcohol: 15.8%
  • Bottled Date: August 12th 2009
  • Release Date: March 1st 2010
  • Cases Produced: 243

Eight hours after destemming, the winemaker took a quarter of the must and deployed the practice of saignée to be used for the dry rosé, keeping the remaining skins with the must to help develop fuller tannins. The winemaker then open-top fermented for two weeks in macro bins. The wine was then aged for 11 months in American oak with 1/3rd being new.

 

2009 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 750ml 2-Pack

  • Vineyard: Muzzin Ranch Appellation: Alexander Valley
  • Varietal Blend: 100% Zinfandel
  • Harvest Date: September 14th 2009
  • Brix at Harvest: 27.0°
  • Total Acid: .604 g/L
  • pH: 3.65
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • Bottled Date: February 14th 2011
  • Release Date: March 1st 2011
  • Cases Produced: 125

Eight hours after destemming, the winemaker took a quarter of the must and deployed the practice of saignée to be used for the dry rosé, keeping the remaining skins with the must to help develop fuller tannins. The winemaker then open-top fermented for two weeks in macro bins. The wine was then aged for 14 months in American oak with 1/3rd being new.

 

2010 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 750ml

  • Vineyard: Muzzin Ranch Appellation: Alexander Valley
  • Varietal Blend: 100% Zinfandel
  • Harvest Date: October 5th 2010
  • Brix at Harvest: 25.8°
  • Total Acid: .68 g/L
  • pH: 3.40
  • Alcohol: 15.0%
  • Bottled Date: February 28th 2012
  • Release Date: March 1st 2012
  • Cases Produced: 125

Eight hours after destemming, the practice of saignée was used to bleed off some of the juice for use in the dry rosé; fuller tannins are then developed through more concentrated skin contact. Open- top fermented for three weeks in macro bins, the wine was then aged for 16 months in American oak with 20% new.

 

Winery Details

Inspiration Vineyards and Winery

Founded:
2002
Owner:
Barbara & Jon Phillips
Location:
Sonoma County, CA
Barbara and I moved to Sonoma County 10 years ago because of our passion for great wine.  After teaching about wine for 15 years, I was driven to follow my heart and become a wine maker.  All of our friends kept telling us we were an Inspiration because we followed our dreams.  Through hard work and determination, I was able to leave my fulltime corporate life three years ago and focus on making fantastic, balanced, food-friendly wines and offer them at a reasonable price.
 
Today, our winery produces approximately 1500 cases of wine annually; our average lot sizes are around 200 cases and can be as small at 20 cases, like our 100 year old “front yard” Zinfandel.

 

 

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