Saturday, April 16, 2011

2008 Dunning Ridge Top Zinfandel

"Bottle shock" be damned, I'm not afraid of pulling the cork on a bottle of wine that UPS delivered yesterday morning; especially when it's a Dunning Zinfandel and baby back ribs are on the smoker! The 2008 Dunning Vineyards Ridge Top Zinfandel, Paso Robles is a dry farmed "Westside" Zinfandel from a plot at the highest peak of their estate Zinfandel vineyard. The data sheet included with the shipment says this wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak, but the label only mentions French oak. Either way, there's no hint of dill/Bourbon - and that's always a good thing. fruit on the nose and palate is a compote of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry with considerable spice and black pepper playing a supporting role. 15.2% alcohol is not intrusive. Tannins are firm, but it's not really built to age. Drink this one now while the fruit is lively. $28 before wine club discounts and shipping.

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