Back to Zinfandel

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Sobon Wines

I find myself often getting caught up by other grapes and types of wine and forgetting how much I love Zinfandel. It is one of my true wine loves, and definitely the red wine that started my love affair with reds. I love it in all its spicy, peppery, jammy incarnations, and this  2007 Shenandoah Vineyards Paul’s Vineyard ReZerve Zinfandel is no exception. It clocks in at 15.3% alcohol by volume, has a real cork closure , and the current 2008 vintage retails for $24.

On the nose I got spice, baking spices, cinnamon, dark black fruit, blackberry, black plums, and a wonderful floral perfumey aroma. In the mouth I found big blackberries, juicy ripe plums, chocolate notes, black cherries, vanilla cream. It tasted like a blackberry crumble to me, only juicier. This had all the elements I love about a good Zin, and I’m sure the current vintage is delish too.