Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Wines Less Traveled: Zinfandel

Another "less traveled" list this time focusing on my favorite "just open a bottle and enjoy" varietal.  Zinfandel is versitile, easy to drink, and yet can produce elegant and complex wines.  Also as a native Californian I feel a certain pride and attachment to this grape...even if it's actually from Croatia

3. Stephen & Walker Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek (2007)

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A very unique wine for two main reasons. One is the fact that this Zin has a lot more structure and tannin than your average fruit bomb but in a very good way. That structure supports a lot of great flavors from creme de framboise, boysenberry jam, and black berries to black peppery, tobacco and (this is the second) smoke. No not the "smoke-like" woody flavors you get with most wines this is honest to goodness smoke.
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  • 487825echurnetski Try the Predator Old Vine Zin from Lodi - bacon fat and blackberry pie :) a truly hedonistic party for your taste buds!

  • 842795Matt Walker Will do! and I might have to steal your "hedonistic party for your taste buds! " line

  • 847804EMark I am currently sipping a glass of Di Arie 2006 Shenandoah Valley Zin. It is very very good. C.G. Di Arie is one of those "off the radar" producers (probably because they are "geographically undesirable" being from the Gold Country and not the favored Napa/Sonoma area) that consistently impresses me. Beware, though, nothing subtle about their wines.

  • 842795Matt Walker I'm a big fan Di Arie, haven't had there stuff in a while though, good to know they're still going strong!

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