Rutherford Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel, 2009

A lovely Napa red.  Alcoholic on the nose, even with air, sharp on the tongue, but luscious fruit and burnt coffee flavours with a long and appealing cherry finish.  Smooth—not a glossy smooth Zin, but no potholes either.  It sipped better than with food we thought; with dinner it was quite peppery with a finish of vanilla but still wonderfully palatable.

 

OK, that’s the good news.  On the flip side however, although, unfortunately, it must be said: 15.5 per cent alcohol.  Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the Apostles.  You will rise from the dead, hallelujah, but oh how your head will hurt.  At that percentage point I’d rather be drinking sherry

 

Price: $16.99 USD; not available in BC but Legacy has the chardonnay for $25.

 

Market Liquidity: Beautiful (for those who can tolerate the hit).

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