2006 Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel

Winery Website: www.opolo.com

California is no doubt the leader of Zinfandel – it is truly both an icon to that state’s wine industry and to the American wine industry at large. There are few other regions which attempt to produce it as it can be a difficult one to master. 

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Opolo Vineyards, located in heart of California’s costal region, has been producing quality wines in a distinctly California fashion since 1996 and have a nice loyal following amonst wine-lovers in that region. 

Its Summit Creek Zinfandel comes from grapes grown in the Santa Lucia Mountain region – a rang of mountains that run from Montery southest for 105 miles to San Luis Obisbo – the highest summit is Junipero Serra Peak at 5,850 feet. This means, that the Zins from this region will be distinctly different than those grown in places like Lodi Valley and other parts of  the greater Napa/Sonoma area.

Technical Data:

  • Appelation: Paso Robles
  • Alcohol: 16.2% pH: 3.87
  • Cases Produced: 14,000
  • Harvest Method: Hand Harvested
  • Varietal Composition: 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah TA (g/100ml): .56
  • Brix at Harvest: 26.0
  • Barrel Aging: 10 Months in American Oak
  • Price: $19

Nose: Ripe plums, blackberry and black cherry on the nose with tons of toasted oak on the backend. I get some toasted almonds, a touch of smoked paprika and leather belt.

Taste:  Lots of deep blackberry on the backend stuff with oak chips – this is an overoaked zin which all too many zinfandels fall into the trap of. The finish lingers on good, however, it’s nothing but oak and I’m not at all a huge fan of that. There are other Zinfandel wines in this price range which I feel offer more complexity and better overall experience for the money.

W.E.P. Rating: 80%