Look for blackberries and cherry pie in this affordable wine, Wine Wisdom columnist Roger Gentile says.
When I found that the 2009 Ross Moxx Lodi "Ancient Vines" Zinfandel could be found for $20 a bottle locally – it was fetching $40 online – I had to go in for a closer inspection.
Simply put: It's definitely worth the price.
The color is a dashing bright blue-and-black shade that indicates a wine with great saturation. The aromas are huge, with scents of blackberry jam, incense and black currant, and even minced-meat notes. The flavor erupts with super ripe fruit flavors: blackberry juice and cherry pie, with hint of mocha. There is a definite sweetness here, so complementary food choices include barbecue, red meat with a sauce, or a loaded pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and caramelized onions.
The vintage is one of the great ones of the last decade, and the wine is made with some vines as old as 100 years. I think this battleship of a red can age another four years but is quite delicious right now. It can be sourced by your wine place from Wines LLC in Eastlake.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.