The Gnarly Head 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel was produced using fruit sourced from vines between 35 and 80 years old. The fruit is hand harvested from these old head trained vines. These vineyards in Lodi are primarily located in the Mokelumne River area. Fermentation took approximately 9 days followed by racking and then barrel aging. This wine has a suggested retail price of $10.99. This 2007 Zinfandel leads with a jam laden nose loaded with both bright and dark berry fruit. These aromas are underscored by wisps of eucalyptus and vanilla bean. Cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavors all play key roles in the palate of this even keeled Zinfandel which is simply loaded with sweet fruit flavors. A hint of sour raspberry leads the finish which also shows off toasty oak and white pepper. Sufficient acidity keeps things in check.
This wine is a good choice for pizza night. It’s widely available and priced right at $10.99 (less if you shop around). If you’re looking for an everyday Zinfandel or even a house red this is one to consider. In addition to the fact that it’s reasonably priced on shelves across America this wine also boasts a flavor profile that will appeal to the masses looking for a glass of something tasty. Of course I’d love to have Filet Mignon and First Growth Bordeaux every night, but the reality for most people, is both wine and food that’s a bit more casual, more often than not. That’s where the likes of Gnarly Head comes in. I also found this wine pairs nicely with dark chocolate, give it a shot.