By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.donandsons.com
Don Sebastini and Sons is a huge wine producer in California that owns a lot of “grocery store” wines that most folks would recognize the brand of – one of those labels is Smooking Loon. This Old Vine Zinfandel comes from a variety of appellations withing California from a mixture of their many négociant relationships.
- Varietal: 76% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah
- Appellation: California
- Winemaker: Greg Kitchens
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- pH: 3.76
- TA: 0.64 mg/L
- Price: $10
Nose: Smoked paprika, beef jerky, cedar, black pepper and black raspberries.
Taste: Nice healty does of liquid smoke, raspberry, charred cedar and shoe leather. Good mid palate and tannin make for a zinfandel that’s a no-brainer for the price point. Decent mouthfeel and finish – a serviceable wine that’d be good with burgers or bbq.