Sunday, March 15, 2009
GRAZIANO ZINFANDEL 2006
One of my favorite wine reps (and an LD alum) Devon Ward brought by Greg Graziano, winemaker for the Graziano Family of Wines, who was in town for the CIWF. We tasted through several of Greg's fantastic Mendocino wines, such as the Graziano Sauvignon Blanc, Saint Gregory Pinot Noir and Enotria Barbera, but the one that really stood out for me (aside from the Graziano Late Harvest Chenin Blanc) was his Graziano Zinfandel 2006. The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: Here's a shining example of why Mendocino arguably makes the best Zins in California. Cooler climate allows for the grape to ripen evenly, without a green streak running through the middle like Zins from Napa and Sonoma can have. There was fantastic aromas of black and blue fruit and hints of spice and red flowers. Across the palate, sweet, brambly blue fruit gushed forth, like loganberry jam, with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, coffee bean, blackberry, and cinnamon. This is a fabulous Zinfandel for those crazy about America's grape, and even for those who just appreciate a well-made red wine.