From the Cellar

Canyon Oaks 2006 Zinfandel (California)

27 Apr 2015

(January 31, 2015) ... Here's what I call "a base model" Zinfandel, not high priced, accessible and usually ready to drink, but what happens when you age a bottle like this? Tonight I was about to find out.  The nose is full of spiced plum, vanilla, and smoked black cherry while the palate showed off vanilla, plum, and spiced black cherry; there's a sweetness to spice ratio that is quite appealing on the palate and that's a very welcome addition to the enjoyment; the finish changes a bit as time wears on to become more smoked plum.  This Canyon Oaks has aged better than expected, there's a plum-prune finish with plenty of oak and spice, but it's ultimately quite drinkable. Those who question Zinfandel's age-ability should try a base model like this just to see where it will take you, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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