2006 - Earthquake Zinfandel

Lodi is the first stop today during The 12 Days of Zin. The Lodi appellation is well known amongst Zin lovers as the source of a multitude of well known Zinfandels. Many of the ones originating from this area are from the bigger, jammier side of the varietal. The Earthquake label is part of the MIchael David Family of Wines. Under this sub-label they make four varietal wines. The 2006 Earthquake Zinfandel from Michael David Family of Wines has small amounts of Petite Sirah and Syrah blended in. The wine was aged in American oak for 12 months. The suggested retail price for this wine is $28.

This Zinfandel isn't for the faint of heart or those looking for a subtle wine. Earthquake Zin is anything but. Plum, cinnamon, and mulled berry fruit notes fill the nose. Throughout the mid-palate its a rich opulent, jam-filled, expressive example of Zinfandel. Black Raspberry and vanilla notes emerge throughout the palate and lead to some pie crust notes on the finish along with mocha as well as lingering spice and plum. This is a big wine, yet it's fairly smooth and goes down incredibly easily.

If you like your Zins big, bold and full of jam flavors, Earthquake Zin might just be what you're looking for. It manages to have a fair amount of acidity and drinks well on its own as well as paired with substantial foods.

What I like about Earthquake Zin and the other Michael David Wines is their consistency. Having had many of them over a number of years I find that they deliver a solid and representative product time after time.

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