Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tasting notes: *** Chez Ray Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2008, registered as Z8

This is Chez Ray Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2008, registered as Z8 and described in our 2011 blending party this way:

Z8 (2008 Lodi Zinfandel, CA):  Ray: color, medium brick; aroma, alcoholic and bright, some twigs; flavor, sweet, some tannins, red berries, solid; 3+ distinctive, red berry style.  Jim: flavor, light zin.  Eric: flavor, tangy and metallic, strange; 2.  Rob: color, light burgundy; aroma, metallic berries, tar; flavor, sharp tannic, sweet; 3+ is good!

Today, we're sampling at five years from vintage date.

In the glass, this is deep ruby/magenta, not quite opaque in the center.  Aroma is fragrant, perfumed, red and bold.  Showing some soft maturity but not senility.  The nose suggests bright and big.  The palates actually shows the better elements from the aroma, bringing big, brightly alcoholic, bold red fruits.  There is a tiny touch of vegetable, suggesting this would not be served well with additional years of age. Clean, swift finish, with a bit of an alcohol flash.  Garners three stars on the Spirit of Wine scale.

Here are a few of the blending notes from this vintage:

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