Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2009 Congruence 2009 Congruence Zinfandel (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley) County, Dry Creek Valley)

Everything I love in a zin, without the over extracted jamminess! Gorgeous ruby red garnet color in the glass, and a nice fruity nose of strawberry, cherry, and other red fruits.  There are also some nice spice elements of black pepper, and tobacco leaf rounding out the nose.  

On the palate, the red fruits seem to be the shining star here.  This is not your typical in your face zin.  This is elegant, much lighter than I expected it to be, with perfect balance.  Some more red fruits on the palata, similar to the nose, with some raspberry, and just a hint of clove and charcoal perhaps.  If I remember correctly, there is just a splash of Petit Sirah added to this, which I think adds some nice structure and minerality to this wine. 

Nice elegant finish, and drinking well from the get go.  All in all, this is a well made zin, in my opinion made in the style of something from Ridge.  Drink over the next 5 years, but no reason not to pop and pour one of these bad boys now.  Amazing from the get go! Great job Steve!

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