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Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 6.28.05 PMTwo days in a row of Zinfandel really give you perspective. It was especially clear of the difference when talking about filtering wine yesterday and that this wine was much more filtered than the one yesterday. I won’t go on and on again on this but it really does make a big difference in mouth feel.

Today’s selection is the 2012 Castoro Cellars Zinfusion Reserve, which is estate grown in Paso Robles, California. It is supposedly a blend of some of the best grapes in a few vineyards in the area. This one is from Underground Cellars, as was yesterday’s though I forgot to mention it.

The wine is still being sold on Castoro Cellars’ website for $24 and here is the transcription from their spec sheet:

Zinfusion has become quite a coveted wine among all Zin lovers! This Paso Robles Zinfandel is a marriage of Estate vineyards chosen because of their intense fruit character due to their location  and excellent viticulture practices showcased by the growers. Blind Faith, Whale Rock, and Lojocano vineyards were hand picked for this blend. This big wine explodes with raspberry jam, spice, fresh plums, and wild strawberries. Open one up and enjoy with a rich pasta or meat entree. Cheers!

So what did I think?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Plum and black pepper.

Taste – Whoa lot’s of black pepper. Spicy. Dark fruit.

Finish – Long with high acid and bold tannins.

Overall, this wine is not terrible. It is pretty simple. The black pepper really dominates this wine. I was pretty shocked by it. This is the most black pepper that I got from a wine that wasn’t a Cabernet Franc or Syrah. It is still a decent Zinfandel but from the description I expected more.

Rating: B-

~Justin