Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pepperwood Grove Old Vine Zinfandel 2005 wine review by (PB)

My wife grabbed this off the shelf of a local grocery store one evening when she wanted something to drink and I was not at home. She paid a whopping $7 for it. Pepperwood Grove is produced by the Sebastiani family; wine makers with a long and outstanding reputation.

This inexpensive wine has some depth of color with Zinfandel aromas. (Before you say, "Duh..." varietals at this price point do not often taste like what they are made from!) But this one actaully has some rustic berry notes in the bouquet. Surprising!

Palate--lacks structure, seems a bit flat and my first impression was to "pass" on this wine. But as it was open it did change some and was actually a pretty darned drinkable Zin. This too is rather amazing since a wine at this price point should be on its way out at nearly 5 years old but it is still improving.

Now this is not a knock your socks off quaff, but C'mon! $7? Raise a glass!
(I had my wife grab another one the next time she went to the store!)

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