Finally opened this bottle and it's still doing quite well after 14 years. Nose was super sweet - almost felt like a sticky-sweet pinot. Lots of fruit on the nose. Palate was OK. I'm personally not a big fan of zinfandel, but this wine was good. Will be interesting to see how it fares after a day in the bottle.
Day two. Wine seemed to become more zinfandel-like. Still holding up.
Opened 4 hours before service. Poured an initial taste and it was real hot and sharp. After the air time it really blossomed. We served it with Braised Flannery Short Ribs and Port Reduction. I thought it was a perfect match with the sweet port reduction. Nose was fruity and intense. In the mouth it was big, jammy, sweet, viscous and luscious. The heat was there but as masked by the wonderful fruit. Was hesitant to serve a 750 of late harvest with an entrée but found us all tipping an empty bottle looking for more. Might have used a touch of spice in the meal to counter the sweetness but in the end it didn't matter. So glad I opened this wine.
Pure jam on the nose, raspberry and blackberry. More of the same jam on the palate, but it is amazingly light in body for the alcohol and sweet jammy fruit. Very nimble. The finish is very baking spicey, mulled jammy cider-like, and shows a touch of heat. Very interesting stuff, probably much beefier and more port like in its youth, but interesting and probably more dinner friendly now. I agree, asian beef dishes would do well here.
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