2004 Norman Vineyards Zinfandel The Monster


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  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles

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  • Caring_Bear wrote: 85 points

    October 21, 2008 - NOTE: This was previously filed under the 2005 Norman Zin, my apologies.
    10/21/2008: Tried one glass w/no food, will revise tomorrow after corking in the cellar for a day.
    On the nose - Considerable heat layered with blueberry, hints of cassis, pepper, and maybe currant?
    Could be possible that it's just way to early, my buds were off, or something else.
    Will try later this week and revise acc
    On the tongue - disappointing amount of alcohol... let me be clear this is not heat, but more like a vodka tonic. The taste of alcohol is really overpowering.
    10/24 - Has been loosely corked in the cellar for three days. Notes above are not much different now... seems to pair okay with milk chocolate... that was the best I could come up with for the moment...
    10/27 - Now trying the second half of the bottle after again having been loosely corked in the cellar. Somewhat better integrated but still way too alcoholic for me. For point of reference I am reminded of a Malloy O'Neil Syrah from 2004 in Paso, it was almost bitter, but the structure was there and it held up, though it was way over the top. On the other hand this has nearly the same alcohol content with out the fruit structure to back it up. I looked up the other notes here are cellartracker, and the works "Jammy" are appearing... okay... this bottle is most definitely not jammy. If it was ,the high alcohol might integrate better. I;ve had other Normans that I like, but sadly this is not one of them. Revising the score downward.


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