Norman Vineyards 2006 'The Monster'

Posted on December 08, 2009

Norman Vineyards is a family owned company that started growing grapes in 1971, during the first true boom in Paso Robles. Their first vintage making their own wine was 1992, when they opened their winery with the help of winemaker Robert Nadeau. Now, Norman Vineyards produces all of its estate-grown fruit along with some contracted grapes from other local vineyards. Norman Vineyards produces a range of blends and different single varietal wines from varietal such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel. Though their focus has been on red varietals since the original vineyard plantings, they also offer rose and white wine, including Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, and Syrah Rose. They have gained particular acclaim for their Zinfandels, such as The Monster. 


Winery - Norman Vineyards

Location - Paso Robles, California

Wine - Norman Vineyards 2005 The Monster

Grape Varieties - Zinfandel, Petit Sirah

Appellation - Paso Robles

Alcohol - 15.2% v/v

Price -$24 USD


Nose/Aroma - Sweet brambly spice and cedar.

Palate/Flavors - Blackberry jam and pepper with touches of chocolate, toasted oak, and a certain earthiness. Pretty thin body, not quite enough acid; rather bitter and hot in the back though not very astringent. 

Style - Hot-climate Zinfandel; lighter and spicier with a bit of extra alcohol.

Food Pairing - Something spicy like green curry with chicken (coconut curry with green chilies and Thai basil).

Comments- I loved the flavor profile of this wine, quite complex. Out of balance; a bit too thin and bitter for my taste, which signals to me this is probably passing its peak.