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GARDIENNE ZINFANDEL "GHOST CLONES", COFFARO VINEYARD, DRY CREEK VALLEY 2016
NVWE Notes: Forthcoming and layered with focused ripe fruit and spice, this is a tasty Zin from the first sip. The nose offers scents of Italian Maraschino cherry, wild cherry, grenadine, red boysenberry tart, pink peppercorn, red rose and violet: of almost syrupy ripeness. All of these elements are well-delineated on the palate, with flavors of cinnamon “red hots”, Mr. Lincoln rose and cracked black pepper dominating at opening. The wine is medium-bodied and dinner-balanced however, so the vivid red fruit notes that carry the weight in the lingering finish never stray into the overripe category. It should be a perfect match to crusted pork roasts, spicy ribs, burgers, and tomato sauced dishes of all kinds. 225 cases made.