It's Friday Night, we’re settling in from a long work week, with thoughts of the relaxation, good company, and adventure on our minds. A perfect recipe for a wine pairing. Tonight we will explore a wine that compliments the coming of fall, the cool air crisp at your fingertips, and the lust for something sultry and exciting.
Intro: Black Saint Peter - Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 from Lodi California. This wine arrived as a top pick from Wall Street Journal, rated at a 96, and hailing from “the mecca” of Zinfandels. Zinfandel first starting popping up in California during the 1800’s gold rush, these vines were referred to as “Black Saint Peters”. They help pioneer the California wine region and were the leaders in contributing some of the best Zinfandels in the world.
Cabonnay Tip: Selecting a Zinfandel from Lodi, California is a safe bet when unsure of the particular vineyard and looking for a decent average priced bottle of red.
What I Smell: Highly aromatic wine, raspberry jam, sweet dessert sauce, mouth watering sensation, goodness, the perfect pastry, pleasantry, cherries, hot fruits, summer fruits, eating fruits at a summer picnic, smooth, delicate, inviting, buttery, a puddle in the sun.
What I Taste: Mystery, Mystical but obvious, overflowing fruit basket, luxury, ultra chic, fruit forward, soothing, velvet, silk, brown sugar, mild brown baking spices, butter, cherries, deep fruits, ripe fruits, boldness, blackberries.
Sensations I Feel: This Lodi Zin is ultra luxe, in your face with swirls of velvet and silk and everything nice. A buttery treat melting in your mouth, smooth fabrics draping your body in warmth, a medium body throaty acidity, alkalizing and neutralizing plush coat, coating your tongue with flash of warm spring rain, a puddle in the sun.
What I saw: Legs not to be questioned, oozing, clinging to the glass with confident desperation. Deep reds, deep purples, velvet and luxury.
Wine Pairing: Beef Stews, Hearty Meals, Red Meat