Thursday, August 5, 2010

7 Deadly Zins, Lodi, CA

This afternoon was a quick grille between rain storms...  However, rain that was seriously needed.  Yesterday, it was 105 degrees before calculating the heat index, just too HOT.  After the rain today it was 88 and it felt like Fall was one sleep away.  Nevertheless, back to reality, it's not quite Fall yet.  So, more importantly, back to the vino.  This afternoon I just grilled up some burgers and cooked a few potatoes to go with the 7 Deadly Zins, Zinfandel from Lodi, CA.  Lodi is South of Sacramento and inland Northeast of San Fran.  This is one of Val's, the wife, favorite Zins and Zin pairs well with so many different things.  We cork'd it and poured a couple ounces in each glass and then gave it see-swirl-sniff-sip...  I got mostly dark fruit on the nose, maybe the blue of a blueberry muffin stood out the most.  It was a little tight at first, like your cheeks sticking to your gums, so to speak, but after about 30 minutes it opened up nicely.  The second sniff-sip led me to a smoky-pepper mid palate but not overpowering pepper.  The finish was nice fruit, not too peppery.  At this price, <$20 USD, it's a bottle you can open on Wednesday or Saturday or any other day, even Thanksgiving Day for that matter.  If you're a Zin fan, give it a try.  Cheers to all...

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