Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tobin James "Liquid Love" Late Harvest Zinfandel

Tobin James "Liquid Love" Late Harvest Zinfandel 2009
Paso Robles, California
www.tobinjames.com

Late Harvest means just that -- grapes that are harvested "late". The fruit has a chance to raisinate a bit on the vine, allowing the sugars and flavors to concentrate. These wines tend to be sweet and luscious -- great in the cold months, the perfect end to a holiday meal (or just because it's Tuesday and you want something sweet and tasty).
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Review: This wine has a beautiful dark color, reminiscent of black plums. The nose has notes of (unsurprisingly) raisins, along with cocoa, and prunes. On the palate the fruit is very pronounced, along with a good bit of sweetness and a taste of caramel. Even though the wine is quite sweet, the high acidity keeps the Liquid Love from being cloyingly sweet. It also has a nice boozey zing (17.2%) leading to a great mouth feel.

Food Pairing: The caramel note in the wine makes me want a yummy bread pudding!

Bottom Line: Quite tasty, interesting flavors, fun name. I dig it. 

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2009
  • PLACE: Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Zinfandel
  • BOOZE: 17.2% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now, hold for a few years
  • www.tobinjames.com

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced, 375 ml bottle

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