Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review: **** Chez Ray Cabernet Sauvignon / Zinfandel Blend, 2011 - CZ11 and CZ11W


Original tasting, March, 2013:

Background: We are sampling today the Chez Ray cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel 2011 blends described here.
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CZ11W is a blend consisting of:

Paso Robles "Dos Robles" Cabernet Sauvignon - Code CP11 (25 brix)
Paso Robles "Dos Robles" Old Vine Zinfandel - Code ZP11 (26 brix)

Both fermented warm, they were created based on this recipe.

In the glass CZ11W is pink to light brick, a bit muddled in tone.  The nose shows a bright, pink and sweet tone, also showing some white pepper.

On the palate, fruity and tasting, with some oak showing.  Brights a light core of light black raspberry with some light red cherry showing through as well.  Clean, bright, friendly in its finish.

On the Spirit of Wine scale, I'd offer three stars.  Just a little too light to sport a plus for pleasantness.
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For CZ11, here are the base grapes:

Lodi "Super Cab VSP" Cabernet Sauvignon - Code CL11 (24.5 brix)
Paso Robles "Dos Robles" Cabernet Sauvignon - Code CP11 (25 brix)
Paso Robles "Dos Robles" Old Vine Zinfandel - Code ZP11 (26 brix)

There were four equal parts to the blend:  VSP Cabernet, Paso Robles Cabernet, Paso Robles Zin fermented warm, and Paso Robles Zin fermented cool. 


CZ11 shows consistent light/muddy pink/brick color in the glass, just a touch darker than the CZ11W formulation.  Shy, but deeper, darker and more evocative nose.  Seems purple and dark.

The palate shows a deeper, fuller, more aromatic quality, showing violets and blueberries along with the lighter red fruit of CZ11W.  Depth shows in the hints of charred oak and a finish that crawls up into your cheeks.  Picks up an easy + on top of the three stars, and moves into close proximity to the four star mark.  The VSP (vertical shoot positioned) cabernet sauvignon certainly seems to make a difference, along with the cool fermented zinfandel.  
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Updated review, now two years from vintage date, November, 2013: Light muddy brick color.  Full , fresh and deep charcoal aromas.  Fresh, deep, sandy fruit with depth and aromatics. Gorgeous.  Touches four stars and is ready to drink RIGHT NOW!

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