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Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2009
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This dark red almost purple wine smells of thick berry jam and no smell of the alcohol even though it was more than 15%! A fruity wine that is easy to drink with nicely balanced acidity and tannins. Taste of dark ripe firm cherries! Very enjoyable with food which tends to bring out the spice and complexity of the cab more.
Dark nose, not very expressive. Peppery cassis and blackberry. On the palate, flavors of ripe strawberry and black fruits with nicely integrated oak. Mouth coating entry with nice structure and good acidity. Long finish with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness. The tangy dark berry fruit is layered with pepper. Savory aftertaste. 6/9/12
The 2009 Prisoner is thinner and less powerful than the stellar 2008. Nevertheless, the 2009 remains an elegant and enjoyable wine that develops nicely over one to two hours. It retains its refinement on the nose, featuring dark fruits, tobacco and chocolate, and its warm, juicy palate exudes flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum, with intermittent notes of tobacco, chocolate and wild berries. A spice and pepper finish, supported by subtle but firm tannins, helps redeem the loss of power for Prisoner 2008 fans.
This 2009 Blend of Counoise, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache & Syrah from Rhone, France is excellent. Good Ruby-red color with a tight rim variation. Fruit notes of plum and fig with a hint of cocoa and tobacco. It has a long finish on the palette with mid acidity. This wine has not peaked and will mature nicely over time (2019-2024). Best served chilled to 64 degrees, double decanted and served with a mid-rare grilled beef dish.
A lesson in subtlety this ain’t! An amalgamation of intense red and black fruit that is so in your face it’s unreal! It almost reminds me of the fruit-forward aggressiveness of some South Australian Shirazes. Intense cassis, plum, blackberry, dried cranberry, black cherry; yup, it covers just about every red and black fruit-base there is! But wait! There’s more! The oak is certainly there; with vanilla, pepper and chocolate-covered coffee beans! The finish is long and hot. My one major concern with the wine: the alcohol level is obnoxious! Maybe it’s just because I have a high sensitivity for alcohol in wine, but it seems so out of balance it’s insane. ”That’s a pretty bold statement considering the 2007 bottling of this wine received a 92 point rating from the Wine Speculator!” I know, right!?!?! I was expecting big things from this wine. If you really want to know, I actually even second-guessed myself on The Prisoner. The first bottle was actually given to me by a wine rep friend to taste and review. Because I wasn’t that impressed with it the first time around, I shelled out $30 of my own cash to buy it again and re-taste; something I’ve never done before. The wine is good. It’s not awesome, it’s good. I’m not going to lie, I wouldn’t purchase this wine again. However, saying that, my wife loved it! Is my palate better than hers? Probably not, she’s still a consumer, so what does it matter?
A delicious Zinfandel (rare that I adore a Zinfandel). Lush, dark fruits, pepper and spice. On the dry side but good balance and lovely from start to soft, lingering finish. Have some to cellar; post wine tasting had to break open a bottle with dinner and asiago cheese and gala apples both paired up nicely. From the nose (harsh, dark, rather strongly of alcohol even well-breathed in proper glass) would not have expected such a delightful wine.
The tasting notes at Snooth are spot on for this favorite so I really have nothing to add except ... yum!
External Reviews for Napa Cellars Zinfandel
It's just hit the floor and we have a killer price - so surely it won't last long. Beaucastel's 2009 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape is by all accounts a big boy - thanks to a warm growing season in the Rhone. Lots of fruit character and structure.
One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar ad... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
Deep ruby. Musky aromas of blackberry and spice cake are complemented by suggestions of fennel, pipe tobacco and star anise. Dense, sappy and energetic, with the powerful dark fruit joined by spice and floral qualities in the mouth. A rich but animat... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
Perhaps the most famous estate in the entire Rhone Valley Chateau de Beaucastel has a history dating back to the 1500's. In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953 and introduced many innovations. Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre's sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards. The vineyards are planted in all the traditional grapes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardin, Bourboulenc, Roussanne. 2009 was another monumental vintage for the region as well as for Beaucastel. The Wine Spectator scored it 96 points and said "One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026." Extremely Limited!
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This vintage has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.
Dietary Information: Organic
Notes: The different grape varieties, which have been vinified separately, are blended together after malo-lactic fermentation and matured for six to eight months in large oak barrels. The wine is bottled after fining with egg whites.
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