For some reason, Rosenblum sent this wine to me as a sample. I'm not sure why, because this sure isn't my style of wine. It's not like I seek out 15.3% Zinfandels that hail from the Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)...ever. Especially not at 35$ a pop. So anyways, this seemed like the perfect thing to spring on my parents. My Mom liked it, my Dad was meh on it (actually saying that he preferred the Twisted Zin he buys for 7$), and Sarah didn't try it. Lots of sweet berries--strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, and spicy, clovey elements. In a word, Zinfandel. Big, rich, and concentrated. Smooth, and like I said, big. It wasn't as unwieldy as I thought, but it's a mouth-full of wine that packs a wallop. Less hot than I thought it would be. Still, it reminds me a lot of soda. We drank this with Amatriciana (yeah, not a good pairing at all, what with the heat of the Amatriciana), but I also had a bottle of rose open that was a better match for the other pasta I made with a ton of roasted vegetables. We also had a tomato salad, which was splendid with the Barnard Griffin Rose. The Zinfandel is expensive, but it's not poorly made. Just not my style. Your results may vary...if you like big Zins, this is worth checking out, as it's more about the exceptional fruitiness as opposed to alcohol. C
The really interesting wine that we had was the
Addendum: I realized that I called this grape picolit...but that's incorrect. The dessert wine is actually made from Fragolino. How do I know? I went back and re-read my notes from Italy. Anyways, I was curious, and I Googled Fragolino...and it turns out that it is banned from production in the EU. Perhaps this is why the bottle was unlabeled? Who knows, but regardless, this article is worth a read.