Norman Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles the Monster 2006
· Art and Lei Norman founded their Paso Robles site in 1971 and sold grapes until they produced their first wine in 1992 · Winemaker, Joe Kidd, is a UC Davis grad with experience on the winemaking team at Duckhorn as well as abroad · Joe's goal is to seek out new great vineyard sources to add to Norman's line up.
Welcome to Norman Vineyards, a small family owned winery in the beautiful hills west of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. We’ve been growing grapes here for over 30 years, and making wine for over 15. Our specialty over the years has been elegant Cabernet and Meritage, bold Zinfandels, Barbera, and Chardonnay. Along the way we’ve thrown in a few small production wines to keep it interesting, and now, Syrah, which joined our lineup in 2002.
Two and a half glasses
This wine is awesome. So jammy you want to spread it on toast. Don't try to pair it with anything, just enjoy with a good friend and a game of Yahtzee!
This is my idea of all the qualities a Zin should possess. Tons of jammy fruit with big boldness and complexity. So much to chew on and yet approachable for the non-Zin lovers. Yum.
External Reviews for Norman Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles the Monster
elegant aromas of blueberry, blackberry and ripe bing cherry are enhanced by brambles and spicy notes of fennel and pepper. Remarkably balanced, the full body, firm acidity and intense berry flavors lead to a structured, cocoa-powder finish with mouth-filling texture. True to its moniker, this robust wine will compliment BBQ red meat and hearty stews, along with rich, chocolate desserts.
A traditional Paso Robles favorite,this year's Monster zin is perhaps the finest ever bottled! Intense aromas of raspberry jam and blackberry are balnaced with spicy notes of pepper and fennel. Full-bodied, the robust berry and plum flavors led to a lengthy finish of caramel and molasses. The moderate residual sugar makes this the ideal wine for rich chocoalte desserts or fireside sipping. Enjoy now or age until 2018.
Grape Variety: 100% ZinfandelAppellation: Paso RoblesAnalysis: Alcohol: 16.3%pH: 3.83TA: .63g/100mlRS: .80%Harvest Dates: 9/8/04 - 10/31/03 (8 ranches)Barrel Ageing:14 months in 78% neutral oak uprights, 22% in new and 1-3 year old Fr & Am oak barrelsCases Produced: 392089 points Robert Parker: "A good value, this juicy, tangy effort possesses crisp acidity, copious briery, black currant, and cherry fruit along with hints of earth, herbs, and spice presented in a classic Zinfandel style. It impressively conceals its whopping 16.5% alcohol. Drink it over the next 2-3 years." (06/06)