Winemaker Peter Wellington did a great job with this late harvest Zin. Dark inky purple color. Nose of raspberries and cherry compote. Sweet entry leads to highly concentrated flavors of red & black fruits followed by some peppery spice and a tart, acidic finish. This wine has a port-like quality to it which leads me to believe that it will cellar well for 5-10 years despite the contrary opinions of some previous reviewers. With ~ 8% RS this is not overly sweet and retains the Zin varietal characteristics despite being produced as a port-ish dessert wine. Most of the sweetness is upfront, followed by intense fruits and a biting finish.
Sweet, not really jammy, but somewhat thick. Tastes good, but very simple. Nothing complex or interesting, but a nice glass to have when getting into bed. Woot Cellars has somewhat decent offerings, but I haven't had one that was complex or tastes like the vintner was a very skilled individual. But still drinkable: Good.
Nice little dessert wine. I don't think I'd have thought to use Zinfandel as a fortified wine candidate, but it's quite interesting. I wouldn't cellar it long. I don't think it will age well. Pretty good for after dinner, though.
Peter Wellington just makes a great product. Although sweet wines are not my favorite, I drank the entire bottle at one sitting...couldn't stop sipping it!!!! Hey, it's only 375 ml, but it was well balanced, nice concentrated dark fruit. All I could think was WOW, Peter comes through again and I'm glad I have six more.
In the past, I haven't been a huge fan of sweet wines but luckily I decided to give this Woot offering a try. I was very pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this.
The nose initially offers strong cherry and caramel and, after opening up a while, ends with a welcome hint of tobacco.
I had imagined an overwhelmingly thick, jammy mouthfeel but was met instead with something much more palatable and enjoyable, with a good amount of acid and a tiny amount of tanins to counter what is decidedly "thicker" than most wines I enjoy. Very concentrated cherry, strawberry and caramel with a hint of apple/pear meet the tongue without feeling overly sweet. The taste is topped off with something like oak and black pepper to make it more than just a fruity experience.
I am enjoying this thoroughly on it's own. Again--such a pleasant surprise. I only wish I had purchased more.
Tight at first, the finito opens up after half an hour to give the richest blackberry-cassis fruits I've tasted in a wine. Deep concentrated fruits, with a satisfying but not cloying sweetness, it has a good acidity to balance out all that jamminess. Still sweet, so it's not balanced like a top quality LH Riesling, but for a sweet wine, I can drink a lot more of this than most! Great fruit.
Didn't notice the oak some talked of, but I'll taste again later. I'm enjoying this on its own, although I'm sure it'll go very well with dessert. Or cheese.
Day two, still good, and not much sign of the bitterness you sometimes get on the second day with dessert wines.
Sweet and fruity with just a bit of acidity (but not much). Somewhat syrupy which I was not expecting based on wine.woot disscussion with Peter Wellington. A bit disappointed but still good. Very very similar to the 2008 Harvest Moon Late Harvest Zin. In fact, it is almost exactly like that wine.