Drinking & Thinking

Klinker Brick Winery's 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
Klinker Brick Winery’s 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a relatively new varietal for me, and from what I’ve had I really enjoy it. Very fruit forward and jammy with a bit of complexity on the back end with a decent amount of tannin and pepper. Also, maybe it’s just me, but I have noticed that Zins have the best labels in the biz.

On a side note. Don’t drink white zinfandel. Just don’t. You can do better than that. Find a fruitier rosé or a sweet riesling and I guarantee you’ll never go back to that swill. Hell, even buy some pink lemonade kool-aid and dump a shot of vodka in it and you might have a more respectable beverage than white zin.

Ok. Rant over.

For today’s Wine Wednesday selection I have chosen something you can find in just about every respectable wine shop or liquor store, Klinker Brick Winery 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel.

-Color: So dark. Nearly black. Can see a perfect reflection of myself in this wine. As ZZ Top would say “She’s got Legs!,” and at nearly 16% it’s no wonder why my glass gently weeps. (Too many music references?)

-Nose: Dark fruit, baking spices, cinnamon, and you get a bit of the alcohol.

-Flavor: Stewed currants, cranberries, cola in a Dr. Pepper kind of way, and that is not a bad thing. Almost like a nice fruit compote that would be an accompaniment to a  big meat dish at a nicer restaurant. You do get the alcohol and acidity that would cut through a nice fatty piece of meat. Balanced on the tannin end of things only a bit of leather to go along with the medium high acidity. Some soft wood notes.

-Rating: 3.25/5- This wine is delicious and this varietal is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Super fruit forward. You can pair this wine with the big feasts with family and friends which are already starting to be planned. The fruit being able to be refreshing, while the acidity will cut through the fattest of meats. Would definitely keep a bottle on hand for the holiday months to come.



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