Hearty Red Zin for Your Turkey Day

Hearty Red Zin for Your Turkey Day

A really 'old vine' Zinfandel for Thanksgiving or other holiday meals

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Zinfandel has been on quite a ride these past decades. In the 1970s, red Zin was losing business fast – many vines were torn out, and white Zinfandel saved a number of wineries from bankruptcy. Into the ’90s, those who stayed the course saw growing interest again in the the unique qualities red Zin offers. In the new millennium, old-vine Zins are now the rage, and the warm climate region of Lodi, California, is making hay from its numerous ancient vine sites. Today’s offering is a single vineyard, 113-year-old beauty. It’s the 2014 Harney Lane, Lizzy James Vineyard Zinfandel. For a typical Thanksgiving feast, or other holiday dinners where the offerings are all over the flavor map, try this hearty mouthful of pure Zinfandel – still creating an outstanding experience as a centenarian!

2014 Harney Lane Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard $36 srp

Pretty, transparent violet/garnet color. A bouquet of overt, mid-summer roses, “roasted” cherry and boysenberry preserves, with bay leaf and chocolatey overtones. Flavors are full-bodied and intense, with lightening-like flashes of intensity. Bouncy, mouth-puckering fruitiness that is fresh, despite its dark berry compote, “brambly” elements and peppery finish. A wine of real character and delicious for Thanksgiving, a pot roast or a spicy bowl of chili. Drink now-2021.

91/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.