Friday, January 19, 2007

Classy Zin

2003 C. G. Di Arie, Shenandoah Valley Zinfandel ($25) -- From the Sierra Foothills of California this new project caught my eye when tasted recently. Last night I took a bottle to the local ZAP meeting and it was the first bottle emptied. That's a compliment and a problem when you want to taste more!

Seems that Leslie Sbrocco at "" had the same problem when she reviewed some of their wines also. After sampling 100 wines at a tasting, the Di Arie was emptied and she headed out to interview the owners who had made their fortune by putting the "crunch" in Cap'n Crunch.

To me this was more elegant than a typical Zin with full fruit and a long finish. I look forward to tasting more of their wines. Only 500 cases were made of this vintage.


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