Liberty School Zinfandel 2009
Natalie's tasting note, score, food pairings and recipes for this wine
Reviewed August 4, 2012 by Natalie MacLean
Opinions about wine differ greatly as the experience is subjective. You may find it helpful to compare this critical evaluation of the wine with mine as well as your own:
|Tanya rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:|
Dry, light, fruity. Could taste etoh at first.
|Fun-loving wine with gobs of sunny raspberry and red plum along with subtle notes of cured meat and spice. An eminently gulpable Zin with bright acidity in place to make it food-friendly too. Source: Vintages Wine Catalogue.|
|Zinfandel is part of the viticultural patrimony of California, where it is|
recognized for producing expressive wines. The grapes for the 2009
Liberty School Zinfandel were carefully selected from several small
vineyards in Paso Robles and Lodi, California.
The 2009 growing season in California began dry and cool, with relatively
little rainfall in early spring months. Early bud break in March led to
consistently warm temperatures starting in May and June. Steady warm
summer weather led to a near-record crop for both size and quality. By
dropping fruit and employing rigorous canopy management, our
vineyards achieved balanced yields that show elegance and power.
In the tradition of Liberty School wines, the 2009 Zinfandel displays rich
aromas of plum. On the palate it shows blackberry and ripe cherry flavors.
Overall the wine displays well-integrated, firm tannins and boasts
excellent structure and minerality. The wine has the classic characteristics
of the varietal.
The Liberty School fruit-driven style lends ease to food pairing. The
Zinfandel 2009 is the perfect wine to enjoy with friends and family over
cooked meats, pasta dishes and hearty stews.
Varietal: 100 % zinfandel
Winemaking Notes: At harvest, the fruit is crushed, de-stemmed and
placed in small open top tanks. The wine is punched-down during the
fermentation. The Zinfandel 2009 was aged on 50% French and 50%
American oak barrel, 30% of which were new. During the 14 months of
aging the wine was racked twice. It was gently filtered just prior to
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Serve this wine between 60-65 degrees Farenheit or 15-18 degrees Celsius.