2008 Castlebank Old Vine Zinfandel Guilia’s Vineyard

Big, spicy smell on this zin!   Blackberry, prune, clove, pepper and smoke.   I definitely smell something burnt in this wine, but in a good way.   Berries on the midpalate and a peppery bite on the back end.   The oak and smoke definitely linger on this one.   I do taste the alcohol (15.7% – wow!) but the juicy fruit on this definitely comes through.   This would pair well with bacon wrapped dates – the smokiness and sweetness would compliment the wine well!



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