2012 Vinum Cellars Zinfandel 750ml 6-Pack
The color of this medium bodied, spicy Zinfandel is light plum with brick red edges. The aromas are immediately spicy with black and white pepper and follows with light caramel toast notes. The palate is lively with crushed berry fruit: raspberry, blackberry and huckleberry flavors. On the finish the wine expresses itself with rich plum and ripe cherry and folds into cinnamon, and vanilla matrix which follows with ample acidity and juicy strawberry, cherry fruit.
What I love about this wine is its ability to recall its varietal character while remaining balanced. It’s not at all over extracted or alcoholic; simply put it’s a nice bistro red, a Monday through Thursday wine that reduces the possibility of a hang over (and an empty wallet). We sourced the grapes from Paso Robles, an AVA well known for producing high quality Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and other big reds and this wine is a fine example at an affordable price. The wine was barrel aged for 18 months in French and American oak. While approachable now, it will age well through 2020.