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Monday, May 04, 2009

2007 Marietta Zinfandel

This Sonoma County Zinfandel was sourced from vineyard located in the Alexander Valley appellation. It was aged in French oak for approximately 16 months and was released from the winery in January of this year. Marietta is a great Sonoma producer who is churning out amazing wines as of late and their new packaging is in my opinion, a vast improvement from the previous label. 

This deeply colored Zinfandel has beautiful dark fruit aromatics of blackberry, cassis, and wild raspberry, followed by secondary notes of grape candy, tar, led, and potting soil. On the palate this wine has great texture and intense flavors of over ripe strawberry, raspberry pie, and a touch of spice. It finishes with medium length and firm tannins. 

I'm usually not a huge fan of this varietal and find it hard to find one that I really can enjoy and take seriously. Zinfandel for me is usually a wine that I can't get more than just one or two aromas and flavors from, but this wine has multiple layers and really depth and power. The alcohol sits at around 15.2% and it's amazingly integrated with the fruit and structure of the wine. I actually see this wine aging quite nicely and if you were ever to put away a zinfandel for 5-10 years, then this would be the one to do it with. 

This is just another great effort from Marietta and I'm fast becoming a huge fan of this winery. Sad thing is that I know the prices are going to drastically jump as soon as people taste this stuff and start purchasing it faster than it can be made. Cheers Marietta! 91 points

afrankangle said...

Marietta is one of my favorite zin producers, so glad to see a positive review on the 2007 (which I'm not sure if I've had).

If not, I'll try ... if so, I'll try again.

 
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