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Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.42.34 PMJust as a quick housekeeping note, by the time you read this I will be in the Cayman Islands for a little Thanksgiving vacation with the family. I will review if I can or blog about the experiences of buying cheap wine at a high price in the Caribbean (just taking a guess). I will be returning in a week to keep on drinking on. So if I do not blog until then have a Happy Thanksgiving and may your wine be just as good as your turkey.

On that note, tonight’s selection is the 2009 Old World Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. The Old World Winery claims that it adds a minimal amount of sulphur and uses natural yeast to ferment their wine. They also list the price of this bottle at $30 and I got it from Underground Cellar for $28. But do not worry the winery’s website ordering form page does not work.

According to the back of the bottle, these Zinfandel vines are over 60 years old and are untrellised and unirrigated so add some natural yeast and you have a pretty unadulterated wine. Here are the tasting notes from Underground Cellar:

Winemaker Notes:

150 Cases Produced. From Vines In Dry Creek Valley Over 70 Years Old And Dry-Farmed, This Is 100% Pure Old-Vine Zinfandel.

Tasting Notes:

Huge, Sweet, Ripe Flavors Of Raspberry And Wild Strawberry. Soft, Round Texture Filled With Incredible Luscious Fruit Flavors That Last For Minutes. Very Subtle Oak And Spices Here- This Bottling Is All About The Delicious Old-Vine Dry Creek Zinfandel Fruit!

So it sounds amazing, but was it?

Color – Deep inky red.

Nose – Plum with earth of leather and chocolate.

Taste – Super bright flavors of mocha, spice, licorice, and plum.

Finish – Medium with high acid and medium tannins.

Overall, it smelled amazing but the tastes were so bright and overpowering that it was a bit of a struggle to have more than one glass of this one. I would highly recommend this one with food but with all of my reviews I do it stand alone. It also was very overpowering in the alcohol level, which the level is at 15.7%. I do not know if it was the flavors and the alcohol level or maybe it was something I ate but it actually bothered my stomach. My wife had the same reaction and we had different things for dinner. I have never had a wine do that.

Rating: C+

~Justin