Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2009

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Sweet and spicy with strawberry jam fruit framed with toast, herb, and anise seed notes. Air gives this a decidedly darker sheen, revealing more to... Read more

A nice lashing of oak greets the nose and is followed by really ripe mango aromas that settle under earthy black fruit and fruit wood notes. Smooth... Read more

Earthy, meaty aromas. Potting soil. Smooth with a hint of spice. Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065201,413
3.50 5
01/28/2011

Sweet and spicy with strawberry jam fruit framed with toast, herb, and anise seed notes. Air gives this a decidedly darker sheen, revealing more toasty oak and dark, oily spice notes. Very smooth on entry, a little soft, with an easy to appreciate, slightly creamy mid-palate. The fruit is fresh and full of red currant and cherry notes underplayed with gentle spice tones. Creamy vanilla-laced cherry dominates the modest finish with a nice gentle spice tone on the finale. I would like to see a bit more brightness here but this is popularly styled. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065201,413
3.00 5
01/09/2012

A nice lashing of oak greets the nose and is followed by really ripe mango aromas that settle under earthy black fruit and fruit wood notes. Smooth and integrated in the mouth, this shows just an edge of peach fuzz tannins which help add some detail and contour to the palate. The acidity is also well judged, making this an easy to appreciate mouthful of blackberry and briary fruit. Pretty well balanced and supple, this is a crowd-pleaser without being a fruit bomb. 86pts


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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3.50 5
01/06/2012

Earthy, meaty aromas. Potting soil. Smooth with a hint of spice.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
2.00 5
01/09/2012

Hints of vegetal asparagus. a bit heavier and deep tomatoey on the nose. taste is much lighter and surprisingly so. almost like sweet tea it's so light.


Snooth User: ffchick
361463479
3.50 5
03/26/2011

Very earthy aroma, flavor is smoky and full of concentrated fruit. Suitable for drinking alone; paired very well with grilled ribeye. Pairing it with blue cheese intensified the fruit flavor. Definitely a great bargain!


Snooth User: julieimagery
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3.00 5
09/24/2011

Good smooth wine, bit of an acidy bite and spicy finish. Okay, not fabulous. For the price, it's nice.


Snooth User: 40somethinglife
867897212
3.50 5
10/09/2011

I made some hearty Turkey Meatballs and needed an equally hearty wine to pair with my dinner. Well, I didn’t need the wine, I wanted the wine. On the nose this Zin is oaky, peppery and has an aroma of dark chocolate spiced with bitter coffee. It’s actually quite complex on the palate and I had to shut my eyes for a moment and take a few sips to get everything right in my head. Very smooth and velvety and tastes like dark, sweet chocolate with syrupy cherries. On drinking more it becomes very jammy and opens up with aniseed and blossoms with rich berry fruits. This is a full-bodied zin with a warm long finish. A lovely find at a wonderful price and a wine I will be buying more of this Fall and Winter!


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
2.00 5
05/01/2011

First of all this is California cabernet sauvignon like. It has a nice clear color. This is a big, bold, and dry bottle of wine. On the nose, I get ripe black fruits, blackberries, a hint of strawberry, jammy flavor (which is Zin-like), a hint of vanilla. HOWEVER, the oak is all over the place! It is very oaky. On palate, i get something very much consistent with what I get on the nose. Nice black fruits, jammyness, there is also a hidden sense of pepper. Surprisingly, this wine is off balance! It has acidity that is not compatible with the character of this wine. It is too acidic to the point where you feel the acidity is at one place and the flavor and bouquet are at another place! The oak and acidity are off-balancing this wine. I gave it 2 stars taken into account that you pay $6 for it, which is acceptable, IMHO. I would consider buying it again. I am 83 on this effort. Happy drinking!


Snooth User: naughtonkp
831851169
4.00 5
07/12/2011

Very nice fruit and spice flavors. Not much to smell at first.


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External Reviews for Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine

External Review
05/11/2011

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2009 750ML


External Review
07/07/2011

A gnarly core of rich, dark berry flavors with layers of spice, plum, pepper and vanilla balanced by light hint of toasted oak. Break out a bottle Gnarly Old Vine Zin and pair with BBQ pork ribs, moms favorite Chili or steak fajitas.


External Review
05/23/2011

A soft, approachable wine whose pleasure is in its extreme dryness. Shows peppery flavors of tobacco, wild blackberries, bacon and anise.


External Review
10/24/2011

Robust berry flavors and exotic spice notes from the small grape clusters are balanced with French, American and Hungarian oak, which creates heady layers of vanilla and chocolate and a lingering finish. - Winery


External Review
05/23/2011

This brash, lusty, immature Zin is brimming with fresh acids and primary blackberry, cherry and blueberry flavors. This is a wine that will benefit from another year of age.


External Review
09/27/2011

Ripe and racy, with modest baked cherry, toasty herb and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2015.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel makes a bold statement at first sip. Our quest for outstanding Zinfandel led us down a country road into the heart of Lodi, California revealing a sea of gnarled, 35 – 80 year-old vines pruned in a special, mop-topped way called “head trained”. True gnarly heads, these old vines yield fewer grape clusters with smaller berries than trellised vines. These mighty little berries produce intense, bold wines that are deep in color with concentrated dark fruit flavors. Our Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, dark berry flavors with layers of spice, plum, pepper and vanilla balanced by light hint of toasted oak. Break out a bottle Gnarly Old Vine Zin and pair with BBQ pork ribs, moms favorite Chili or steak fajitas.

Tasting Notes:

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel makes a bold statement at first sip. Our quest for outstanding Zinfandel led us down a country road into the heart of Lodi, California revealing a sea of gnarled, 35 – 80 year-old vines pruned in a special, mop-topped way called “head trained”. True gnarly heads, these old vines yield fewer grape clusters with smaller berries than trellised vines. These mighty little berries produce intense, bold wines that are deep in color with concentrated dark fruit flavors. Our Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, dark berry flavors with layers of spice, plum, pepper and vanilla balanced by light hint of toasted oak. Break out a bottle Gnarly Old Vine Zin and pair with BBQ pork ribs, moms favorite Chili or steak fajitas.

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel makes a bold statement at first sip. Our quest for outstanding Zinfandel led us down a country road into the heart of Lodi, California revealing a sea of gnarled, 35 – 80 year-old vines pruned in a special, mop-topped way called “head trained”. True gnarly heads, these old vines yield fewer grape clusters with smaller berries than trellised vines. These mighty little berries produce intense, bold wines that are deep in color with concentrated dark fruit flavors. Our Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, dark berry flavors with layers of spice, plum, pepper and vanilla balanced by light hint of toasted oak. Break out a bottle Gnarly Old Vine Zin and pair with BBQ pork ribs, moms favorite Chili or steak fajitas.

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Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.66
Sugar: 0.34 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.57 grams per liter

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