Saucelito Canyon Zinfandel Arroyo Grande Valley 2009
Saucelito Canyon probably does some of the best reds on the central coast and their Zinfandels are definitely some of their best work. With great spice and a jammy consistency, this wine is perfect for dinners.Add winemaker's notes
We try and pick some fruit that’s in the brighter flavors of strawberry and raspberry. That develops at around 21 to 22.5 Brix," Bill said. "Then later we’ll pick some at 23 to 24 Brix. That’s the more blackberry, black cherry flavors. And then we’ll pick the rest at 26 to 27 to get the prune and plum flavors that are often associated with Zinfandel. So we get this whole different layering of flavors so that the wine has a lot of complexity
Saucelito Canyon probably does some of the best reds on the central coast and their Zinfandels are definitely some of their best work. With great spice and a jammy consistency, this wine is perfect for dinners.
90 points. Dark chocolate and coffee beans dominate the aroma. Subtle violet tones that seem to be a trademark of this winery’s Zins, show through briefly before moving into deep brambly tones and a hint of jamminess. There is a faintly smoky quality to this wine, almost reminiscent of burnt rubber following a spin in the glass that is very intriguing. Dark raspberry, lilac and violets introduce the palate, in an almost Mourvedre-like style. Rose wood, leather, a mixed spices mingle with soil, dark chocolate, coffee beans, and a black currant tone that lingers long into the finish. This is a very dark, deep, and complex wine, with tons of fleeting subtleties that give it a very multi-dimensional quality. The flavors are nicely layered and the structure is harmonious, with well integrated fruit and tannins. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/09/13/post-66-central-coast-adventures-pt-5-zin-week-saucelito-canyon/
A great Zin...spicy and full of body. Had this recently at a restaurant and was very impressed. Maybe needed a little more tannin to get to the top echelon, but overall, a very nice wine.
Spicy, jammy, strong finish. Tasted first at Saucelito Vineyards in July '06; had a full bottle with dinner in November '06.
Three and a half glasses