Winery - Cardinal Zin Cellars
Location - Santa Cruz, California
Wine - Cardinal Zin 2005 California Zinfandel
Grape Varieties - Zinfandel
Appellation - California
Alcohol - 14.0% v/v
Price -$15 USD
Nose/Aroma - Plums, white pepper, and cedar oak.
Palate/Flavors - Dried cassis and plum, tobacco, and black tea. Med. light body, with a fair bit of bitterness (a biting characteristic I find fairly common in Zinfandel). Not a whole lot of astringency, but a long finish of dates and truffles.
Food Pairing - Mexican pizza with pollo verde, red onion, tomato, avocado.
Comments - Not overly tannic or alcoholic like many Zinfandels you find these days. Less fruit-driven than expected, but reasonably complex for the price range and age. Very serviceable wine, though not as impressive as some of the earlier vintages I've tasted.