We are up to Day 3 of our 12 Days of Wine 2021 Celebration!
Today for the first time this season we dip into red wine, beginning with Old Vine Zin from California!
Selby Winery 2017 Sonoma Country Zinfandel, Old Vines
This 2017 Selby Old Vine Zin comes from 60-116-year-old vines. (I did say Old Vine right?!). We enjoyed this when we tasted it, and then got a rousing endorsement for this wine from some club members we met on the patio.
What does it taste like?
The nose has blackberries, dark cherries, and jam with subtle notes of dill. I got eucalyptus, cedar, and forest floor on the nose, a little pomegranate, and then a bit of sweet gherkin. There are also candied fruit notes that reminded me of black cherry tootsie pops. The wine is smooth and approachable with tannins that hit and smooth and meld into mouthwatering blackberry.
This wine is 15.5% abv. We tend to be pretty sensitive to high alcohol and we would not have guessed it would be this high. It is very well balanced.
You will be sad to know that this particular vintage is sold out, but…The 2018 is available! Made from hillside fruit from old vines in Alexander, Russian River, and Dry Creek Valleys, she ages it for 16 months in French and American oak. (you can find the 2018 vintage here SRP $33.)