Continuing the Mountain terroir theme but in a different AVA. The Westside of Paso Robles brings us another wonderful Zinfandel. Brochelle Vineyards, 2005 Zinfandel is Zintastic. Score 1 for the westsiders in the east vs westside Paso debate.
This wine hails from the Brochelle Vineyards. A 20 Acre steep mountainside vineyard with head pruned zinfandel and dry farmed vines. The commensurate lower yield from these techniques pays off in the intense flavors of this wine.
Tasting Notes: Ruby color. Lovely nose of spice, strawberry, cherry, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Taste: Jammy strawberry and cherries, dark chocolate, a bit of a zing, and a nice note of vanilla on the finish. I suppose what you smell is what you get with this wine.
This wine definitely benefited from decanting. The mouth feel developed beautifully and was pleasantly well rounded. Prices for this wine vary in the $20-$30 range, see Winesearcher or K& L
Wine Geek Facts from their website :
- Harvest date 9/1/05 Brix 25.8 • Alcohol 15.6%
- • 1590 cases produced
- • Aged Seventeen months in 80% French (10% new), 20% American oak barrels
- • Appellation: Paso Robles, Estate Grown
- • 98.5% Zinfandel, 1.5% Syrah