Gnarly Head Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi United States California Central Valley Lodi Red 2008
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At first taste out of a freshly opened bottle, this wine was a bit too tannic for my taste. However, we didn't finish the bottle and I'm really enjoying a second glass after the wine had a chance to breathe for a day. Lots of nice cherry and berries to start, a little spice, nice acidity. A little "heat" due to high alcohol content. I agree with other reviewers that it will probably improve with age. Definitely let it breathe before consuming!
Bold fruit and spicey finish. Reminds me very much of living in CA in the early '90s, the taste of zins then only a few years into there comeback. Gnarly Head zins are a bargain and I stock up whenever possible for parties where there will be robust fare; goes great with BBQ, Mexican,sausage and peppers, etc
Powerful - almost a little too powerful. Definitely needs to sit for a bit before drinking, but once you start, it's hard to stop. This is not a wussy wine. Luscious, rich, chewy. For the price, it's pretty amazing (got it for $9 at Circle in Chevy Chase, DC).
Lots of cherry, medium acidity, smoky, with a long full body.
My Rating 86. Nothing complex but nice everyday wine with strong nose and strong fruity aromas. Super value at $ 5.-
A well-known budget zinf that is very smooth and fairly sweet, with a bit of clove and pepper. It is a bit reminiscent of fortified wines. Not bad, but a bit off balance, and I expected better after reading an article praising it and seeing its price go up at a local wine store. It could use some more tannins, and that is something that I rarely ask for.
Deep red to velvety purple. Woody on the nose with cherry. Plums, pepper, and tree fruit on the palate. Bright young tannins and a full body, this would have been better in a year or two.
External Reviews for Gnarly Head Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi United States California Central Valley Lodi Red
Old Zinfandel vines with thick, twisted gnarled trunks and vines shooting up and out in all directions are the inspiration for Gnarly Head Zin. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in Lodi, primarily the Mokelumne River area, with some the oldest Zinfandel vines in all of California. 35 to 80 year old vines are hand-harvested for this rich, dense, jammy Zin. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels, giving it a distinct spiciness to complement the pure fruit and making it an ideal match for zesty foods. A tremendous value.
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
This excellent value is a 55,000-case blend of 80% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. It reveals classic cherry and strawberry characteristics intermixed with Mediterranean sea br
A soft, approachable wine whose pleasure is in its extreme dryness. Shows peppery flavors of tobacco, wild blackberries, bacon and anise.
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.
Food Pairings for Gnarly Head Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi United States California Central Valley Lodi Red
This rich, full-bodied Old Vine Zinfandel has aromas of black cherries, black berries, and a hint of pepper, followed by flavors of black liquorice and toasty oak.
Notes: 100% American, French and Hungarian Oak
|Sugar: 3.4 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter|
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