76% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah and 7% Syrah from California.
SRP of $9 and available for as low as $6. Sample received courtesy Balzac Communications for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
"For people who appreciate wine without the pretense, Smoking Loon is the full-bodied California varietal wine that celebrates independent character and a Bohemian personality by going beyond a single plot of land or chateau, to explore the best vineyards in each vintage through our negociant relationships.Today's wine, while technically a Zinfandel, barely meets that criteria clocking in at 76% Zinfandel. It's rounded out with Syrah and Petite Syrah in a very nice and sweet combination. Much like the Apothic Red, some of that sweetness is covered up by the oak and tannins.
The 2009 Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel begins with spicy red berry notes and leather along with a good dose of menthol. The wine tastes simple and sweet with sweet blackberry and raspberry plus a nice layer of spice. Very mild tannins make it easy to drink. The finish has good length and features more fruit and spice with some oak showing through. If you're a fan of sweeter reds, you'll find a lot to like here.
Also check out our reviews of Smoking Loon Merlot and Pinot Noir.
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Taste Rating: 6 Cost Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 7.0
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