Now this came a bit unexpected although I by now should know that the wines from Alex and John has this cool character expression. But a Zinfandel with only 13 percent alcohol and barely any oak impressions? Yes pleeeease! The 2013 Saint Georges Zinfandel is the result of yet an old vineyard find by the guys at Birichino. More precisely, ungrafted Zinfandel vines close to the Santa Cruz mountains and planted in the beginning of the 1920’s.
The 2013 shows this typical transparent color of the Birichino reds. On the nose it’s at first a bit shy but aeration allows the Zinfandel character to develop. At the moment a lovely mix of fresh raspberries and dark cherries, violets, spice rack and a sweet-root scent. Add some wet rocks on top of that. On the medium-weight palate the cool character red fruit dominates. Refreshing acidity, violets and licorice and again the mineral feeling. The pure fruit has that phenolic ripeness, yet the wine still tastes dry. Some length in the spicy aftertaste. On the second day the floral notes are more evolved and the wine has gained weight with the further breathing. Will develop but I suspect that those who buy it will enjoy it early for its instant pleasure. Best drunk slightly chilled at around 15 C.
Don’t expect a grand vin but rather one that shows there’s more to Zinfandel than huge amounts of alcohol.
PS. Indigenous yeast of course.
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