I’ve had this one in the cellar since 2008 so figured it was time to give it a try. On the nose are some nice dark berries and a hint of alcohol. On the mid pallet are some lovely dark berries to match the bouquet. Additional bottle aging has smoothed this wine into an elegant well made zinf. Some of the pronounced blueberry flavors have faded but the wine still has the dusty tannins that build very nicely in the mouth (you only experience this if you are sipping the wine without food). The finish is on the milder side of medium with some acidity to round out the experience. Alcohol is still noticeable, mostly on the finish and there are still some nice oak flavors to be had as well. I would give this a 90.
When you get food and wine pairing right it is a little peice of heaven. Think (the movie) Ratatouille! Unfortunately when you get it wrong they fight. Maltese baked macaroni was on the menu. This is a simple meal dominated by tomato sauce. Unfortunately the acidity in the wine and the acidity in the tomato sauce did not get along well leading to a bitterness in the mouth that was not there when sipping the wine. So in this case, I got the pairing wrong 🙁 Oh well a lesson …
From the LCBO web site:
ALDERBROOK OLD VINE ZINFANDEL 2002 Dry Creek Valley TASTING NOTE: This is great Zin filled with personality. Showcases the briary brambly wild blackberry and blueberry flavors spices and dusty tannins this appellation is famous for. Finishes dry and smooth. Beautiful and compelling now. Score – 91. (Steve Heimoff Wine Enthusiast March 2005) 603696 $26.95 Featured 11/10/2007
14.5% alcohol Displaying understated elegance and finesse the subtle aromas are well-ripened forest fruit pepper and spice. Integrated tannins refined acidity and fine dark fruit flavours contribute to an overall sense of balance. Nuances of spice and dark chocolate garnish the long gentle finish. A treat for the senses. (Susan Desjardins) (603696) $23.95 Rating 4/5 from Winecurrent