Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review: ***+ Chez Ray Lodi Zinfandel (Z,5 - also Z5 underbar), 2005, CA

Original Review, October, 2008: This is a Lodi, CA, zinfandel, fermented from 2005 fresh grapes without stems. Here's our description from the wine blending party in October, 2006: "upfront aroma, concord grape flavor, nice, smooth, fruity (90), soft tannin, mid fruit, light acid, light alcohol, concord/zin, interesting, fruity but full".

Let's see what we've got after some time in the bottle...

Color is light red - gosh, almost pink - with a speck of orange at the edges. Aroma has a touch of charred oak, and a base of something I would almost call orange-grape. The palate is quite easy and pleasing. It shows light, easy, slightly sweet fruit, very mild acids and a graceful, though light, finish. I'd try it again, so it will just barely get three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated Review, two years later, October, 2010, now five years from vintage date:  Color is the same light red.  The orange and charcoal has now knitted nicely together on the palate - quite distinctive, light, mellow and aromatic.  The palate is still simple, light, sweet and easy.
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Updated Review, three more years later, now eight years from vintage date, November, 2013:  Still a very light strawberry red, just like the original picture!  Interesting and funky orange/peach/cherry nose.  Soft, more lithe in texture than three years ago, but not suffering any effects of age.  Feels like it has a tiny sweet touch.  A plus on the three stars.  (Note: someone I often use an an informed sniffer of Chez Ray wines - and thus I'm sure others - believe the aroma is so odd as to be completely off-putting!)

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