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Friday, May 23, 2008

2005 Gnarlier Head old vine Zinfandel - Sommer's Vineyard

The upgraded wine from Gnarly Head Cellars is the Gnarlier Head Zin. Sommer’s vineyard, the source of Gnarlier Head grapes, is located in the western end of the Dry Creek Valley. This wine is still priced very reasonably and is a better quality wine than the standard Gnarly Head Zin. The Aromas are of deep black raspberry, black cherry, clove, and a touch of candied strawberry jam. The flavors are concentrated but lush and ripe; red raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, and hints of mocha all combine to make a nice fruit forward and well balanced effort. Finishes with a touch of heat but overall I like this wine for the price($20 or less). 88 points

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Matthew Sullivan said...

What impressed me about the Gnarlier Head was it's lightness -- very unusual for a Zin and surprisingly pleasant when you are dealing with something with such an array of fruit and jam flavors.

I recently matched the Gnarlier Head against a 2002 Marynissen Merlot (Ontario) in a toe-to-toe BBQ deathmatch. The after-action report is here.

Matthew Sullivan
www.lawandstyle.ca/shortcellar

 
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