Origin: Kautz winery, Lodi, California
Taste guide: Medium bodied, blueberry, blackberry, cherry and plum fruit flavours, liquorice and vanilla notes, oaked
75cl - 14.5% - screwcap
The Zinfandel grape was brought to California by immigrants from southern Italy where its original name is Primitivo. It produces superb red wines but sadly gets associated with that abomination, "White Zindfandel" a rather odd name for what is actually a Rosé wine - light and sweet and of little merit.
Lodi has become the self-proclaimed “Zin” capital of the World producing over 40% of California's Zinfandel grapes. The Kautz Family grows these Zinfandel grapes in the Mokelumne River sub-appellation of the Lodi AVA. The area is blessed with an alluvial fan of sandy loam, well-drained soils and a classic Mediterranean climate. The Kautz winery's main brand is Ironstone, but this wine is marketed under their "Drifting" brand name.
The grapes for this wine come from vineyards over 45 years old and fermented in the Kautz winery under the supervision of head winemaker, Steve Millier. The Zinfandel was blended 90%/10% with another Californian grape Petite Sirah to produce the final wine which was aged for 3 months in French oak. Following barrel ageing it was allowed to marry in tank for a lengthy period before bottling.
The resultant wine has exceptional varietal character with lovely aromas of dark fruit and blackberry. The palate has initial sweet, ripe, minty spices, with notes of liquorice, blueberries and vanilla. The mid-palate shows subtle pepper spice mingles with richly concentrated fruit flavours of blackberry, ripe plums and fresh red raspberries. Barrel ageing has created its smooth, silky finish and unprecedented depth.
Zinfandel wine has amazing versatility which makes it a wonderful wine pairing for variety of dishes. Any type of meat - whether its pork, beef or game - is ideal with this wine. Cioppino is another amazing complement or try it with tomato-based pastas, hearty stews or a plate of strong, aged cheeses.
Primarily a restaurant wine, it has been noted in retail outlets at prices up to £14.95 would you believe?
Binendwines’ price is £7.95.