2009 Crystal Basin Cellars Zinfandel – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.crystalbasin.com/

While many people may think of Paso Robles and Sonoma for great Zinfandel, there is a region out near the Sierra Foothills called El Dorado  – it’s elevation helps to create cooler nights than some of the hotter areas of California and that helps instill different flavors into the wines.

Crystal Basin Cellars has been producing wines in that region for quite awhile now and the folks there are very passionate about the terrior and the wine they make.

Technical Data:

  • Source: Madrona Vineyard, El Dorado County
  • Harvest Date: Sept 30, 2009
  • Brix at Harvest: 27.5
  • Time in Barrel: 18 months
  • Type of Oak:Neutral French & American
  • Alcohol: 16%
  • Bottled: April 21, 2011
  • Production: 241 cases
  • Price: $22

Nose: Candied raspberries, peppercorn, leather strips, plums and dark chocolate.

Taste: Peppered raspberry, plum sauce, shoe polish, tobacco and chocolate. Good fruit up front and a very spicey-red fruit-laden mid-palate create a very lucious mouth-feel – good use of oak on this wine. The finish hangs out four hours and doesn’t come across as too hot like so many other zinfandels do.

W.E.P. Rating: 95%