2009 Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel – Review

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.

Technical Data: 

  • 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.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

  • Jason Brumley

    They barely got that 75% in there to call it a Zin.