2010 Madrigal Zinfandel, Napa Valley 750ml 2-Pack
Appearance: Clear and bright with a deep concentrated ruby color, that lightens only slightly at the wine edges.
Nose: The nose is that of a potent young wine, showing a rich candied red fruit character of fraise and maraschino cherry, with hints of sandalwood, black peppercorns and allspice.
Palate: This is a big wine in terms of mouth feel and fruit. The first flavors are dominated by big, candied red fruit, which confirms the impressions offered up on the nose and almost makes you think there is a touch of sweetness - really ripe red cherries and the sweetest of tiny, wild strawberries, balanced with a light touch of oak and a subtle hint of black pepper. The finish is balanced, long & persistent, with the rich fruit character evening out the more than ample alcohol. The finish is crisp with bright acidity, leaving the mouth salivating and wanting more.
Notes: Easy to enjoy while cooking and with the meal. Pair with burgers, BBQ baby-back ribs, bone-in pork chops; perfect with pepperoni pizza for a quick, easy meal.
The Vintage: 2010 harvest started with a very late bud break due to wet and cool spring weather. The growing season was also very cool and promoted conditions for mildew that we constantly fought, and late bud break further delayed harvest. The cool, wet weather also affected the set of the crop to less than normal. We finally harvested our Zinfandel about 3 weeks later than normal; smaller clusters with a little uneven ripening and a little sunburn. Thank God for the sorting table!
2011 Madrigal Zinfandel, Napa Valley 750ml 2-Pack
The nose holds remnants of oak and bubble gum, with hints of boysenberry cobbler. Lightly jammy, with undertones of strawberry and clove hold this wine together, with a smooth silky finish. This wine is a great addition to any BBQ.