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2007 Edmeades Zinfandel "Mendocino"

Edmeades 2007 Mendocino Zinfandel

Winery: Edmeades

Vintage: 2007

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Mendocino"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 84.1% Zinfandel, 9.2% Petite Sirah, 4.9% Syrah, 1.3% Grenache, .3% Merlot & .1% Barbera

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mendocino

State or country: CA

Price: $20

Cases produced: 36,795

KWG Score: 86.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: March 3, 2009

Wine Review: This was one of our first ventures into the 2007 vintage for Zinfandel. We are off to a good start. This ruby colored Zin opens with a fruity raspberry bouquet with a touch of oak and hint of earthiness. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and very juicy with ripe raspberry flavors. The finish is dry and its mild tannins linger slightly. We thought this very approachable Zin would pair nicely with grilled barbecue chicken. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: "The 2007 Mendocino is a little different from past vintages. Instead of being dominated by cherry aromas, this leans more towards a mixed bowl of berries. The other interesting point is an aroma like a rustic mountain cabin with fresh red meat and spices being prepared for dinner and then freshly baked wild berry pies for dessert - of course the wood stove damper is not working well so there is a little smoke in the room... The tannins are soft and supple, but the acidity comes through with a bit more acid structure than in past vintages and stays with you till the cows come home. We always add a little Syrah and Petite Sirah for the mid palate, filling in the hole of the donut, but this year it is a little more pronounced in the flavors and aromas, hence the gamey and meatiness underneath all the mixed fruits. With aging the wine should evolve into a very layered and complex Zinfandel, with toast and spice from the oak picking up in intensity and the creaminess becoming more apparent after a few years." – Van Williamson, Winemaker

Organic status: not organic

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