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2010 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel

December 16, 2011 - Norman Bentley

There is nothing like a big plate of spaghetti on a cold winter's night, and if you can't have a bottle of Dago Red alongside, try my American favorite for spaghetti, which is Zinfandel. The 2010 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel is the best of what have been some pretty good vintages over the last few years, and was made for spaghetti. The wine is made from old Zinfandel vines between 35 and 80 years old from the Lodi area of California.

This is a dark purple wine with a heady nose of jammy dark berries, which flow into robust flavors of black raspberry, blackberry and black cherry. The finish has an oak signature and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This wine has the power and structure to stand up to any heavily spiced dish, especially anything in a tomato based sauce.

This wine was great with spaghetti, and would also go well with pizza or barbecue. Norm's score is 88.

Price: $8 to $11

Score: 88


WINE - God's proof of his love for humanity


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