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Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 5.19.38 PMEveryone has their shows and it always cracks me up on how some shows bring wine into their dialogue. We are a season behind in White Collar and we are watching it on Netflix. Mozie (I assume that is how you spell it) who is the criminal wine loving best friend of the main character Neil scoffs at a bottle of “California Zin” when it brought over by Neil’s love interest.

I know that many wine lovers cannot get enough of the French Bordeaux or the California Cabernets but I still think there is a place for a good California Zinfandel. Some are high in alcohol and way too fruity but not all of them. This brings me to the 2009 Lake Sonoma Winery’s Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.

Surprise, surprise! This one also comes from Underground Cellar. But the only tasting notes I can find from this wine is from Wine.com, where it currently retails for $18.99:

Classic ripe, jammy, and briary Zinfandel aromas intermingle with baking spice and toasty oak notes. These flavors follow through on the palate with complexity and richness that is focused by balanced tannin and acidity on the finish.

The 2009 Lake Sonoma Dry Creek Zinfandel is an excellent pairing for robust dishes such as grilled or roasted meats and flavorful pasta sauces.

Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah

What did I think?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Blackberries, leather, and black pepper.

Taste – Plum and fig with some spice.

Finish – Long with medium acid and bold rounded tannins.

Overall, very good and complex with some scent that I cannot place. It is very smooth and not as fruity as most Zins. I do not know if it is the Petit Sirah that takes the edge off a little. It is pretty close to a Cabernet Sauvignon in my feeling. Good wine at a great value.

Rating: A-