Friday, November 20, 2009

Fife Sonoma Zinfandel, 2007 vintage

Fife Sonoma Zinfandel, 2007 vintage, $6.99 (suggested price $28.99)

Fife’s consulting winemaker, Alison Crowe, really shows her talent for creating elegant and complex classic California styled wines with these new arrivals. The excellent 2007 Sonoma Zinfandel, a blend of 91% Zinfandel and 9% Carignane, gives us a nice chance to drink a 90’s style California classic.

The wine’s aroma is punctuated with strong hints of pepper while the initial fruit is a robust combination of cherry cola, dried cherry, cloves and well-balanced oak. There is a nice long lingering finish with enough tannin to suggest that this beauty will age for at least five to seven years.

We sampled this with the new goat and cranberry log and a warmed crusty ciabatta loaf sliced very thin but there is certainly enough spice and body in the wine to make for a good pairing with a pork tenderloin in a reduction sauce with new potatoes and green beans.

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