Ever thought about wine tasting on New Year’s Day? I did, fully expecting most Sonoma wineries to be open that day. Well, most were closed (what was I thinking?!) so fate took me to Mayo Family Winery, which was open and keeping it real on New Year’s Day!
Their 2007 Old Vines Zin boasts 15.2% alcohol, so recruit a friend to help you drink it. Which shouldn’t be hard.
It looks dark and brooding, yet has a crisp elegance to it, kind of like The Rock in a suit. One sniff and I can tell it has an attitude. Okay, let’s tango.
First sip and it goes easier on me than I expected. It hits my palate pretty softly. Another sip and the pepper and alcohol punch through. Third sip and I’m on the mat. This is what a Zin should taste like. Jammy, but not over-the-top obnoxious jammy like other Zins. Fourth sip and sadness sinks in as I realize this is my only bottle.
This sparring partner will cost you about $35, but it’s worth every penny. Good thing I also have their 2007 Zinfandel PORT which I will be sharing with family at Thanksgiving this year. One thing about collecting wine is you always have something amazing to look forward to…
Date Tasted: November 2, 2011
Winery: Mayo Family Winery
Region: Russian River Valley (Ricci Vineyard)