Michael David Lust/Lodi 2007 Zinfandel
Black Oak 2009 Zinfandel
Dionysus is the Greek god of the "unexpected" and of the grape harvest; these two aspects so well describe the Halloween wine I'm tasting now (or maybe tomorrow). The Zinful (oops, Zinfandel) Wine I'll be tasting will be part of the "Halloween" wine selection I intend to present in October.
In the mean time, here are a couple of "Lustful"-links to explore while I'm gathering my wits to review the "unexpected":
My thoughts brooded over the 16.9% alcohol (Almost 34 proof), but I didn't feel it would be right for a Zin kind-of-guy to rationalize not tasting this Zin; in fact, experience demanded that I know what I'm talking about when it comes to this "type" of wine, just as it wouldn't be right not to taste that $6.00 bottle of Black Oak Zinfandel (Not yet reviewed).
As you can tell, I very much got into photographing this wine, because as this blog evolves, I find that, other than the wine itself, the challenge of presenting the wine is quite a bit of fun, but time consuming.
Well, today is "tomorrow".
My son marked the bags wherein stood the two bottles of Zinfandel wines, as easy a blind tasting as anyone could arrange, a blind tasting nevertheless.
The number one wine is obtuse to black, but on the rim is deep Shiraz purple.
The aroma jumped out of the glass pungent, new cedar-chest and prune, almost nauseatingly so.
With a strong flavor of Portabello mushroom, this Zin is jammy, meaty, and chewy, with an almost syrupy quality. This"hot" Zin is not a stand alone wine, but did a bit better with food, Wine-Thoughts had that exactly right.
This Michael David Lust/Lodi 2007 Zinfandel, $50.00, 83 points, was not difficult to pick out, wouldn't be in a crowd. A friend of mine tried the same tasting the next day, and had exactly the same findings, but if you want to read about Michael-David's "redemption", check-out Jon Thorsen's
review: 2010-Seven-heavenly-chardonnay Jon Thorsen
There is deep ruby color, glittery with flashes of ambient sky-light.
The number two wine is aromatically reticent, but with a little swirling effort, out comes a bit of cedar and black-cherry, with subtle hints of strawberry making this a much more interesting wine. Having a light to medium body with lots of black pepper on the long finish, gives this somewhat one dimensional wine, with 14.5% alcohol, a much better rating (Needs to be room temperature or warm). Black Oak 2009 Zinfandel, $6.00, 86 points.