The 2010 Zinsane Zinfandel is sourced from vineyards located in the Paso Robles AVA inside California’s Central Coast AVA. There is also a Lodi Zinfandel available for the 2010 vintage. This Zinfandel was rounded out with small amounts of Petite Sirah and Tannat, both add dark fruit flavors and tannic structure. The wine was aged in 2nd use American oak barrels for 2 months, just enough time to give some oak flavor, but not much aging potential. The Zinsane Zinfandel should sell for around $11 or $12 bucks and the alcohol content is 14.4%.
The color is a raspberry jelly red, with black highlights. The nose is a bit muted, a little cedar plank, some red fruit, a bit of curry spice and Snickers bar chocolate. This Zinfandel is smooth and jammy upfront and then the spice kicks in. It tastes of raspberry and strawberry jam, but not jam sweet with a mix of tart cranberry, along with black licorice. The mid-palate transitions to a balanced stew of Altoids spice and curry spice with a late blast of soft blueberry and tart lemon. The tannins are out of the way and the acidity is well balanced by all the fruit flavors. The finish is pretty strong and fairly long.
The Zinsane Paso Robles Zinfandel is half mad dog, over the top Zinfandel and half balanced and reserved Zinfandel and it manages to end up somewhere between the two. I think most Zinfandels are the perfect accompaniment for BBQ, but the Zinsane would probably be better paired pork loin or chops on the grill. Zinfandel is a great American party-on-the-patio wine and Zinsane Zinfandel is definitely worth a try this summer