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Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 5.59.49 PMFiltered versus unfiltered wine is a small debate inside the wine industry. It is mostly about how clear the wine is. Now in many cases, the last glass can be a little off-putting because that last sip can be full of sediment if the person doesn’t watch when they pour it. I really do not have a preference but I have noticed that I need to really pay attention when decanting.

Recently, I did not pay attention when decanting the 2011 Bradford Mountain Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley and it had quite a bit of sediment at the bottom. This wine is 91% Zinfandel and 9% Petite Syrah and most people know that Zinfandel is a major grape for the wine industry of California.

On the Bradford Mountain’s website, they currently have the 2012 release for $22. I did find some tasting notes, once again, over at the Wine Spies website:

Look: Dark crimson with a translucent heart. At the edge of the glass, a fine circle of plum juice hue encircles the wine.
Smell: Intriguing and very full on the nose with lush aromas of blackberry, dark tobacco leaf, cherry, raspberry, blueberry, maple syrup, creme brulee and cranberry.
Taste: Juicy and dark with blackberry, pomegranate, black cherry, tobacco, leather, cherry cordial, dark chocolate, espresso and supple leather.
Finish: Very long and bursting with flavor, this wine presents concentrated fruits at the mid-palate, transitioning to bright and tart flavors at the edges

So what did I think?

Color – Cloudy deep dark red.

Nose – Blackberries, nutmeg, and espresso.

Taste – Tart licorice with more blackberries and boysenberries.

Finish – Medium to long with very very high acid and bold tannins.

Overall, this was not one of the top Zinfandels that I have had from California.  The acid is pretty sharp and I expected a little more complexity on the taste. It just wasn’t there. This wine is all about the mouthfeel, either you will love it or hate it. With that said, it isn’t terrible. It isn’t fantastic.

Rating: B-

~Justin