2005 Etude Fortitude Shake Ridge

Zinfandel Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sierra Foothills
  • Amador County

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Community Tasting Note

  • Caring_Bear wrote: 86 points

    February 24, 2009 - On the nose - The fruit is sharp, almost tangy, like ripe fruit mixed with yogurt - seems a bit too acidic.
    On the palate - The tannins are potent, with plum and currant as the dominants. The finish is medium length at best, but the overall experience is dampened by the acidity which seems out of balance. I'm left with a tartness that isn't what I expected nor desired.
    This wine seems to have an identity crisis. The label reads nearly half the blend is Zin, and another 20% is petite, but the nose and taste are darker than that - much more Syrah-like. Sad to say this is disappointing to me.
    Tried alone only. I will try again over then next 2 days and update as necessary.
    Tried again tonight after a loosely corked bottle in the cellar (56F) over night. Tannins seem over the top still. Possibly it jut needs more time, but I still think its out of balance. Tried with no food.


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