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2018 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel

July 1, 2020 - Norman Bentley

In a couple of days we will be celebrating perhaps the biggest outdoor BBQ of the year during the Fourth of July Weekend. And, in my opinion, there is no better wine to pair with BBQ than Zinfandel, preferably an "Old Vine" Zin like Gnarly Head from Lodi, California. This is a big fruit wine, which is rich and jammy, with highlights of blackberry and plum.

The aroma is full of hot sweet blackberry juice, which represents the blackberry flavor imparted by these thirty to eighty year old vines. The flavor is stout and full, as it is prepared to do battle with your best, bold and spicy barbecue sauce. In addition to the blackberry, there is pepper, spice and a little black raspberry. The alcohol content is 14.5%, and Norm's score is 89.

You can pair this Zinfandel up with Barbecued Baby Back Ribs, or a slow cooked Boston Butt from the rotisserie, dripping in sauce, or even your best Beef Brisket, and this hearty , jammy wine will stand up to them all.

score: 89

price: $9 - $12


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