Wednesday, April 11, 2012
2008 Dunning Private Reserve Zinfandel
After last week's less-than-inspiring bottle of 2008 Dunning Vin de Casa, I thought I needed to re-visit my stash and recalibrate my palate. Tonight's bottle of 2008 Dunning Vineyards Private Reserve Zinfandel, Paso Robles more than re-affirmed my faith in this small winery. Exudes aromas of French oak, blackberry, black cherry and black pepper. Very full on the palate with black fruits, spice and unctuous dark cocoa flavors. Tannins are off the charts on this one. And although I don't lay Zinfandel down, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend others putting this one down for a couple of years. Impossibly long, dusty, dry cocoa finish. 15.5% alcohol. About as good as Zinfandel gets.
Dinner tonight was a whole chicken I rubbed down with BBQ spices and then slowly rotisseried over charcoal and hickory for two hours. Moist and delicious with the perfect amount of smoke, but still overwhelmed by the sheer weight of the wine.