2010 Mainini Vineyard Zinfandel
For a change, and for fun, I pulled out my “WSET* Systematic Approach to Tasting Level 2 to use during the tasting of this wine. I often use the guide in Wine 101 tastings to help beginners, and those not-so-new to wine, with descriptors that sometimes are on the tip of our tongue, literally, that a little prompting helps identify. And all my tastes are with a 1 to 2 ounce pour, which means what I find in the color may be lighter than you would in a 4 to 6 ounce pour.
Clear in clarity, deep intensity, and over a white sheet or paper the colour (yes, that’s how they spell in England) is garnet with a ruby edge.
The condition was clean, the intensity medium to pronounced, and the characteristics included plum, blackberry, black cherry, some fig, black olive, mint, walnut, and milk chocolate.
Ripe dark fruit, juicy plum, raisin, white pepper, nice tannins, and for the percentage of alcohol I thought it decidedly very nicely balanced between the fruit and tannins.
I’d gone through my 2-once pour by this time and decided I would mull over my conclusion with a nice 4-ounce glass. The WSET gives me one-word answers ranging from poor to outstanding. I do find that tough as I think there is more to a conclusion. I found the wine very good to outstanding. I plan on pairing it with a burger and fries in a few minutes. And, I want to thank Pulchella Winery winemakers Steve Lemley and Nate Hasper for their talents.
*Wine and Spirits Education Trust is a sommelier certification course that originated, and is graded, in England. To learn more or to find local classes, this is their website:
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