SRP of $42 (Saturday Splurge). Sample received courtesy Gracianna Winery for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Enjoy Gracianna wines from the Amador Family of Sonoma County. Savor the everyday moments of grace when you successfully host a special meal with friends and family.
Gracianna is for those who have something to be grateful for.
This luscious wine was crafted by Gracianna on the Miracle Mile of Westside Road in Healdsburg, California.
There's something you have to love about a winemaker that was caught making wine in the garage at the age of 15! Now 27, Trini Amador just produced the fifth commercial vintage for Gracianna Winery in Sonoma County. Today's Zinfandel is quite a good one, falling squarely into the big and bold category while still exhibiting a soft touch, which is exactly why I had to include it as a Saturday Splurge.
The 2010 Gracianna Zinfandel Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Vineyard begins with lots of deep spicy blackberry and raisin aromas. You know right away that you're in for some big flavors! There are also some pleasant notes of dark chocolate and mint adding complexity to the bouquet. Tasting the wine reveals a roller coaster of big flavors but at the same time the wine still has really soft edges. Blackberry, plum and spice combine with a soft and silky mouthfeel and the whole thing gets even better as it has some time to open up. This one actually reminds me a bit of a Zinfandel Port thanks to the bold flavors and higher alcohol level. Excellent.
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