Tuesday Quick Sip – 2005 Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel

Wine Information

Vineyards – Amador county appellation; average age of 45 year old head pruned vines

Grape – 100% Zinfandel

Aging- 15 months in oak; 23% new American Oak, 77% 2-3 year old French and American Oak

Price – $15

2005renwoodzinMy Tasting Notes

Nose – dried cherries, chocolate, blackberry, raisin

Taste – raspberry puree, blackberry, fig, cherry, nutmeg

Mouthfeel – medium to full body, spicy with dry dusty tannins

Finish – long and spicy with a hint of espresso at the end

The 2005 Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel is a great expression of what Zinfandel in this price range can be. For $15 it shows lots of dark fruit and “raisiny” goodness without being overly jammy or extracted. Great spiciness through the whole palate and firm tannic structure help balance out the fruitiness of the wine. Although a great value Zin, it may be a bit much for an everyday drinker but would great with pizza, barbecue, or grilled foods.


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