Friday, March 21, 2008

2005 Zayante Zinfandel

Picked up a few of these at K&L recently - they were clearing out their remaining stocks for the bargain price of $10.99.

Robert Parker has criticised the 2005 California Zinfandel vintage generally, saying the fruit didn't ripen properly and giving it a score of 78. Presumably he's tried a lot more 2005 Zinfandels than I have, but if the 2005 Zayante is anything to go by I really don't see the problem. It's got a nice bright colour and a nose of black pepper, with a floral hint. On the palate, one of the first things you notice is a prickle of dissolved CO2. I've noticed that in all of the bottles; it's not unpleasant but slightly out of place - vigorous swirling in the glass or decanting gets rid of it. There's firm acidity and flavours of cranberry and raspberry. Nice finish, with no obvious heat from the 15.5% alcohol. Certainly no sign of any unripe off-flavours. Not one for the cellar, but then in my view there are very few Zinfandels that do improve with age; their primary fruit is their greatest asset.