*Straight out of the bottle: This is a classic, medium-bodied, well balanced zinfandel. Carrying the quality jammy characteristics, this fruit forward wine is an easy drinker. It added in nice qualities of ripe, dark fruit on the front that carried a “juicy”, lush feeling in the mouth. Hints of cinnamon added to the mystery and enjoyment of this wine. It also carries a sweeter finish than other zinfandels, but blended together very nicely and didn’t seem overly sweet.
Raw Score: 87 Handicap Score (Compared to other wines and varietals in its price range $15): 90
Cline has some pretty solid zinfandels that they produce.
*Straight out of the bottle: First tastes, instantly tells us that this wine is a pretty solid and well-made zinfandel. It starts out more fruit forward and leads into the characteristic zinfandel jammy and spicy finish. It was, however, a little more acidic on the front – more so than we would have liked to experience in a zinfandel. The structure and body was consistent throughout and with time in the glass, opened up to new flavors of chocolate, mint, and rich espresso.
Raw Score: 80 Handicap Score (Compared to other wines and varietals in its price range $38): 80
There are a lot better zinfandels on the market more in alignment with the varietal characteristics just under this price point. It was enjoyable to experience and try this wine, however, there are better zinfandels out there for the money.
*Straight out of the bottle: This is a pretty decent zinfandel straight out of the bottle. On the front part of the palate this wine starts with a subtle sweetness. As the wine moves towards the back of the palate, it gains some momentum, finishing with a little spice and ‘kick’. While this zinfandel lacks a bigger body, it is well balanced and provides a consistent tone on the palate throughout. It doesn’t carry a lot of depth or character, but for the price point, this is a great everyday drinking zinfandel.
I (Tyler), rated it a little lower, as it is not as jammy as I would like to see in a zinfandel. It is still a great wine, however, it is not as aligned with the varietal characteristics you would traditionally see in a good zinfandel.
Raw Score: Tyler: 78 Jared: 83 Handicap Score (Compared to other wines and varietals in its price range $13): Tyler: 88 Jared: 90
*Straight out of the bottle: Great zinfandel for the price and paired exceptionally well with italian food (we paired it with lasagna). This zin isn’t the most powerful or robust for the varietal, but what can you expect for a wine that costs less than $15. It is slightly sweet with a hint of spiciness – mostly, there wasn’t a lot of depth to this light-to-medium body wine. Overall, it was a good, easy drinking wine.
Raw Score: 70 Handicap Score (Compared to other wines and varietals in its price range $15): 80
2010 Balistreri Colorado Zinfandel – Talbott Vineyard – Barrel # 179
Great Colorado Zin!
*Straight out of the bottle: Great wine straight out of the bottle. This wine had some nice varietal characteristics bring out sweet, jammy tones. Sweeter and more fruit forward, while it finished on the drier side. A little acidic that I am thinking will mellow out with some aging in the bottle.
We chose to decant this wine.
*Decanted (for about an hour): Time definitely made this wine open up and brought out more great qualities we enjoyed. The sweetness toned down quite a bit and became more consistent throughout the palate. Decanting added in flavors of spice and vanilla, which paired nicely with jammy undertones. This wine kept its previous qualities of staying sweeter on the front of the palate, and having a pleasant dry finish.
Raw Score: 88 Handicap Score (Compared to other wines and varietals in its price range $56): 80
I think that with time, this wine will grow into a great, solid zinfandel. At its current state, I think it is still on the younger side and needs some time to meld all of the characteristics together. Potential is there to be a great wine!