Big ol’ Zin

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample form J. Keverson Winery.

It’s BBQ season. I’m pretending that it hasn’t rained this last week and we are out every night grilling. I love grilling season because Matt likes to grill, which means I don’t have to cook as much, and grilling is super easy since I can leave stuff marinating all day and all we have to do when we get home is toss it on the grill! No prep work at night means we can eat at a (relatively) normal hour even when we don’t get home until 7:30, 8pm… Along with BBQ, comes Zin. Yes, I love my white wines in warmer weather, but nothing quite beats Zin with a good rack of ribs. And that’s what we did this week, using the 2007 J. Keverson Buck Hill Vineyard Zinfandel. This is a big ol’ Zin clocking in at 16.5% alcohol by volume, with a real cork closure, and retailing for about $27.

On the nose I got smoke, plum, currants, blackberries, chocolate, nuts, and more black fruit. In the mouth, plum, blackberries, and other black fruit dominated. The palate rounded out with dusty baking chocolate and cherry. I thought perhaps the alcohol might knock my socks off, but it did not, it integrated well with the tannins and produced a very juicy Zin that complemented our ribs nicely.