The 2016 Ancient Vine Zinfandel by Oak Ridge is delicious. Hands. Down.
Type of wine:
Single varietal (AV zinfandel) from Lodi, CA.
Intense, with blackberries, hints of cherry and raspberry.
It's a dry wine, but it can definitely fool those people who like a semi-dry/semi-sweet wine because it is so fruit-forward. I get black cherries from this, with hints of that oak barrel coming in at the end of the taste.
It's got a pretty short finish: it doesn't like to hang out in your mouth for 20 minutes. It'll be done in about a minute and a half.
It's got a pleasantly full body, so it's a wine that is perfect for a quiet evening where you can truly spend time drinking this wine.
What's interesting about this wine is that it has a syrup-y quality to the mouthfeel. Add to that the full body and cherry-forward taste, it's almost port-like in texture despite not having any sugar.
In what situation would I drink this wine?
The wine itself is extremely easy-going and an approachable red, so I would highly suggest it for parties during the fall/winter and during the holidays. It would be a good companion for a chilly picnic, as its taste and body will be filling.
What would I pair this with?
Barbeque-Pizza, dry-rubbed BBQ pork ribs, bacon and blue cheese
hamburger (as per the Oak ridge site).
I would also pair it with a nice, warm baked brie because the cherry taste of the wine will complement it well, and not override it.
This wine is VEGAN!
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