When I first sat down to taste this ‘seriously’ for these tasting notes, I imagined ‘Maria’ in West Side Story singing ‘I’m pretty, oh so pretty…’. The wine shows a very pretty side of Zinfandel which in this case was blended from two vintages. The song in the 1961 movie was a combination of Natalie Wood acting in front of the camera and Marni Nixon’s amazing voice seamlessly dubbed in afterward. Blending is an art in many media.
This blended wine consists of 2014 and 2015 ‘extra’ proportions of Scherrer Vineyard Zinfandel plus a touch of Grenache and Syrah has a refreshing stone fruit note and some fresh plum on the nose. Mouth-watering and pert, this is an antidote to sweet, candied fruit examples of zinfandel at this price point – even those with a vintage date. The mission of Zinfandoodle is to simply be delicious [especially with food]. Mission accomplished.