By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.deerfieldranch.com/
Even though Paso Robles has garnered a lot of well-deserved attention these past few years for its Zinfandel, the Sonoma region has long been held as the benchmark for quality zins.
This 2007 Zin from Deerfield Ranch brings out all the classic things I love about Zinfandel – fruit, spice and body.
- Alcohol: 16.5%
- R.S. 0.098%
- Organically produced
- Bottled 450 cases
- 62% Zinfandel, Los Chamizal Vineyard, 38% Zinfandel, White Perry Vineyard
- Price: $35
Nose: Crème brûlée, dark chocolate, raspberry, black peppercorns, forest floor funk, rotten tree bark, black cherry, blackberry pie filling and toasted vanilla.
Taste: Stellar combination of black fruit, black rapsberry, black peppercorns, casis, allspice and plum sauce. The fruit attack on this wine is very good and the mid-palate transition into subtle dark overtones is very well recieved by me. A nice, lingering finish that begs to be paired with zesty-grilled foods or even south-of-the-boarder favorites like fajita’s.