Saturday, August 06, 2011

2009 Frei Brothers ZINFANDEL Dry Creek Valley (Cal.)

Dry Creek Valley is arguably the best area in the world for Zin, and this one has a nice nose but in the mouth is overripe, overblown, ponderous, and sweet.  It's not expensive, but don't bother unless you like that style.

Soft, dark black ruby.  Rich nose of earthy, ripe, slightly pruney blackberry syrup, roasted sweet baking spices, and smoky coals.  Rich and fleshy in the mouth, but heavy and one-dimensional.  Impressive amount of extract, but there's no acidity and a substantial amount of residual sugar, making it a cloying mouthful.  C.  Was $14 at Spec's on Weslayan.

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