Wine Whore Review:
Puccioni Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

Taste Score = 9/10 Points
Enjoyability Score = 9/10 Points (Additional stats below)

At the end of this week�s �Battle of the Reds,� a clear winner emerged. Leaps ahead of the other contenders, Puccioni�s Old Vine Zinfandel destroyed the competition.

It may have won the poll, but how does it taste?

If you were with me for the virtual tasting via Twitter and Facebook you already have a good idea of how well this mule performed. If you missed it, take a minute to mark your calendar with next week�s tasting (Wednesday @ 6:30pm ET) and then continue browsing below for my review.

Thank you all for enjoying a virtual glass of wine with me� I am looking forward to seeing you all again next week!

Puccioni family were the last farmers in Dry Creek to use a mule commercially

Vintage Info:
"The grapes for this wine were sourced from 100-year-old vines at the Puccioni Ranch that were planted by our great-grandfather, and 50-year-old vines planted and farmed by our cousins (not sure if they will admit it?) at the Buchignani Vineyard on Dry Creek Road. The wine has lovely aromas of ripe blackberries with hints of violet and cedar, and dark cherry/chocolate flavors balanced with that characteristic Puccioni spice in the finish. This wine is ready to be enjoyed today, but can be aged for a few years too." -Puccioni

Recommended Food Pairing:
The beauty about this Zinfandel is that it pairs well with a variety of meals sharing its ruby color. Don�t be surprised by its aroma, this wine is soft enough to handle light dishes, but strong enough to be combined with richer meals.

Be creative and let your mood decide what should fill your stomach as you enjoy a glass of this warming vino.

Producer: Puccioni
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Old Vine Zinfandel
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Sonoma
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: .58
pH: 3.61
Production: 260 cases
Alcohol %: 14.4
Aging: 18 months in French Oak and Hungarian Oak barrels
Cost: $30/bottle

Wine Whore Score:

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This Zinfandel�s rich history has grown from generations of one Italian family�s 100 year old vines. Puccioni adamantly prides itself on being a small hand crafted �old world� example of the varietal: classy, elegant, structured, and refined.

How does this translate into their wine?

This wine's deep red complexion is reminiscent of a Cabernet Sauvignon tinted with the blushing hue of a Pinot Noir. A light bead of clarity rolls around the edges of its meniscus, appearing as if it is crying in the glass.

One whiff fills the nostrils with plush blackberry, gravel, and leather...

An absolutely beautiful sympony to the senses!

In the mouth, the wine presents cherries dipped in a bit of �old world� dirt and gravel. The mix of fruit and gravel deceivingly smells harsher than it tastes. This wild mule is actually quite disciplined. Its enjoyably tasty mouthfeel has enough heat to allow the fruit to stand out without overpowering the palate. This Sonoma Zinfandel politely says goodbye as it cascades into a pleasingly elongated finish.

You can actually taste the family's dedication and love for wine in every drop of this zinfandel. This devotion and passion translates into stellar wine scores of 9 for taste AND enjoyability giving it a total score of 30 out of 40 points and an average score of 7.5 out of 10 points.

Conclusion: Puccioni�s Zinfandel tastes more like a Ferrari of a stallion than a stubborn mule.

Like this wine? Be sure to check out other great tasting red wines reviewed by The Wine Whore!

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Kort said...

Okay, my mouth is watering. I have to see if my local Crown Wine & Spirits carries this!

Shelly said...

Too bad twitter (search) wasn't cooperating. It was still fun. Hope you enjoyed your (creative) meal with this Zin. See you next week.

joeshico said...

OK Randy, Now I am going to have to try Zin again.
Fell flat last time, but you make this one sound too good to pass up. Nice review!

Anonymous said...

Take a bottle to Bishop, CA for Mule Days.

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