2008 Plungerhead Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley - Transparent ruby color. Laser beam of pure red cherry and raspberry fruit gradually opens up to reveal more bittersweet chocolate and vanilla aromas. The palate is beautifully balanced with raspberry, cracked black peppercorn and electrifying acidity. Reminds me of the structured, acidic 1997 Zinfandels maligned by the masses but loved so dearly by your's truly. Sweet raspberry notes carry on forever on the moderately tannic finish. I never noticed the stated 14.9% alcohol. A truly inspired pairing with a Cajun-stuffed pork tenderloin and quite a nice value at under $20. If you're left wanting by Plungerhead's pedestrian Lodi Zinfandel, give this one a try.
A truly bewildering, yet ultimately successful, blend of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, with small amounts of Paso Robles Zinfandel, some 2006 Napa Cab/Merlot blend and a dash of Paso Robles Malbec.