On a cold day, and with hearty fare for dinner, the wine I want the most is a glass of big, bold Zinfandel. The food I enjoy cooking in the fall/winter just screams out for a Zinfandel, such as beef stroganoff, roast lamb, beef stew….yum! Tonight I chose the 2004 Zina Hyde Cunningham Zinfandel. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 15% alcohol by volume, and cost us $28 when we visited the winery last Spring.
On the nose I found blackberry, licorice, figs and boysenberry. It almost smelled kind of Port-like to me. Surprising, but pleasant, and worked well the roast we had for dinner! In the mouth, I got flavors of milk chocolate, spice, blackberries, plums, black currant, and black cherry. The wine had an absolutely gorgeous flavor that gave up loads more fruit and complexity than the nose.
Overall, the wine was deliciously smooth and integrated. While the nose was pleasant, the mouth just made this an excellent wine. I loved it, and I think I’ll hang onto my second bottle for another year or so and see what’s it up to then.