(2011 Vintage) Our 2011 Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel is dark purple in color with a lot of old vine character aromas. The aromas are reminiscent of black cherry, blackberry compote, aged balsamic reduction, earthy mushroom, musky leather, and smoky bacon. On your palate, you will see flavors of sweet blackberries, black pepper, cherry hard candy, plum preserves, coriander, roasted French Oak, and hints of leather, cinnamon bark, and mint. On the finish, there are notes of candied toasted pecan, cherries jubilee, smoked sea salt, and dried blueberries. This is a very layered style of Lodi Zinfandel. It keeps turning corners and going from fruity to savory to tart and then back to sweet.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSweet oak and suggestions of smoke merge comfortably in the nose here with a nice bit of berryish fruit, and, even though that oak leads by a step on the palate, the wine is fairly fruity from beginning to end. It hints at a bare touch of sweetness and lets a streak of heat show through at the end, but its richness points the way to successful service with port-basted pork roasts, and it requires little in the way of additional age. GOOD VALUE