Plungerhead Zinfandel Old Vine Dry Creek Valley 2011
Your first impression is of deep purple color and enticing Zinfandel aromas; blueberry, fresh fig, black pepper, and cardamom spice. Then your first sip; dark black fruits, dried cherry, dark chocolate, black raspberry, exotic vanilla, and mocha. The finish continues to dip into the dark blackberry cobbler flavors continuing to show the combination of French and American oak influences; vanilla, cinnamon bark, and cedar.
Plungerhead is a brand of Zinfandel produced by The Other Guys, the hipster offshoot of Sebastiani family wine brands. The bottle features a ZORK closure (a red tear-tab stopper) that matches the Monty Python-esque label image of the bespoke, mustachioed gent with the red plunger on his head. These affordable Zinfandels have gained popularity not only for their unique packaging, but also their value-driven quality.
External Reviews for Plungerhead Zinfandel Old Vine Dry Creek Valley
Our 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel is inky purple in color. The aromas show notes of dusty old Dry Creek terrior, candy cap mushroom, concentrated black raspberry, fig preserves, white pepper, and fresh baked cinnamon rolls. In the mouth, you will see flavors of sugar sweetened blackberries, cherry sorbet, cardamom spice, warm nutmeg, Madagascar vanilla bean, wild blueberry, and finishes with notes of fresh figs, thyme, blackberry cobbler, and southern sweet tea.This 2011 vintage has me thinking of smoked turkey legs with sweet potato French fries and fried okra. This blend is refined enough to pair with choice grade steaks as well as anything off the barbeque. Mediterranean fare would also pair well as would lamb dishes. Or try with a dessert course instead of port, with bittersweet chocolate mousse or a dark chocolate tarte with fresh whipped cream. - WinerypH: 3.67TA: 0.62 g/100mLsAlcohol: 14.5%Residual Sugar: 2.8 g/100mLs
Winemaker’s Notes: Medium crimson in color, this medium bodied Zinfandel displays a palate filled with forward raspberry fruits, white pepper spiciness and a long finish of crushed pepper and black tea. The nose is swarming with berry fruits and cedar-like aromas. A perfect wine to enjoy now with your friends and family or pair with a tender beef wellington for an exciting twist. - Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker Vineyards: Sonoma County is among the finest regions in the United States for Zinfandel. The core of this wine comes from three of the best AVAs for this quintessential American grape: Dry Creek (benchland, terra rosa), Alexander (gravelly alluvial), and Russian River Valleys. The Petite Sirah blended with it comes mainly from Stanislaus County, which excels in Petite Sirah production. Vintage: The 2011 vintage was a cool one. A late start to the season was followed by low temperatures throughout the year. A delayed set and mid-June rains ensured low crop levels for most varieties. The cool weather and low yields worked well for Zinfandel which we picked on September 28 through October 26, 2011. The subsequent rain storms that hit Northern California had little impact on our vineyards, and we were able to harvest the remainder of our fruit by the end of October. Winemaking: Harvested in small lots, the grapes were allowed to cold soak up to three days before fermentation. They were inoculated with yeast strains specifically that enhance the raspberry fruit and fermentation completion. The wine was pressed off slightly sweet to avoid excessive tannins. The individual lots were racked off the lees and re-racked into both new, one- and two-year-old Hungarian and Russian oak barrels. It was aged for nearly 16 months in barrels. Any lighter Zinfandel lots were blended with Stanislaus Petite Sirah early on. Composition: 86% Zinfandel 9% Petite Sirah 4% Syrah 1% Malbec Cooperage: Aged in new, one- and two-year-old Hungarian and Russian oak for 15½ months Alcohol: 14.6% TA: 0.60 g/100ml pH: 3.76