Buzzard Tree Zinfandel Paso Robles 2005
2004 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles is medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, spicy, briary, sweet dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with overtones of dill and white pepper; full body; forward, rich, plummy, raspberry jam flavors with a full, rounded mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. This is a california wine
Really I was joking when I told my girlfriend Susie the other night that I could get at least a hundred bucks for this wine on eBay. She looked at me wryly, "really?" and pop went the cork. I was cooking up some of the Halibut that Susie had caught last summer (why we stil have halibut in the freezer, long story, but vaccum packed and frozen very cold in a commercial freezer it isn't fresh, but next to it). Anyway, alarmed that we had no white wine, and really nothing to pair this soon to be magnificent halibut (with homemade pesto pasta, and a garden salad). So goes the Zin. We learned from Miles, in THAT movie, you just can't keep it forever. In our case we can't keep it more than a year. That was last spring's chumeia wine club shipment. You know a good bottle of wine, when after opening you and your middleaged partner for 7 plus years end up rolling around on the floor, empty bottle of zine dead on the table. This stuff is aphprodisiac, its marvelous wonderful, holy cow, I'm in heaven. Too bad it is so hard to get. What's more, you can Dusi Vineyard wine from several vintners. But Chumeia does it best. And notice too, that the wine is not usurped by what has becoming somewhat of a tragedy I think, a fresh american oak barrel. They splurged on the french, and really I don't think it could have been finished any better. Marvelous guys, its why we are stil in the club. We still have one bottle of 02 Cab sitting on the rack (I am embarrased that we are not cellar people). But I better check eBay first. This Cab is going to be shared with some carnivorous friends on a long Alaska Summer evening.