Original tasting and review : This is Paul Dolan Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California, 2012, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.
In the glass: Deep red cherry.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows chewy red berry fruit, with blackberry and a hint of oak. From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh, generous and flavorful.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mouth-filling with plenty of furry sweet red currant fruit with hints of milk chocolate. Robust acids and supporting tannins very quickly grab the fruit and run it up into the crevices of your cheeks. As the palate delivers a friendly red fruit, you find that the taut acids and tannins slowly dissipate, creating a long and clean finish. A bold, but food-friendly zinfandel, ready to cut through some serious fats.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, just touching an additional plus for its compelling style and becoming a good value buy.
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