You want it fruity, spicy and rich. You want it complex. And, you want the price to be unbelievable. Sounds like an impossible request for some, but not for us. The answer: Open a bottle of 2008 Black Shadow Zinfandel and get your zin on!
Zinfanatics, your wine is here! We scoured California wineries from top to bottom and weren’t able to uncover a Zinfandel that met our exacting standards. Instead, we custom crafted this lip-smacking release of California’s quintessential variety by working closely with one of the state's cutting-edge small family wineries, Stonehedge Winery, to bring you our own 2008 Black Shadow Zinfandel.
With fruit from one of the most exciting and innovative wine regions in the state, Lodi, winemaker, Jon Alexander-Hills has crafted a wine that is characteristically juicy and approachable. We’ve modeled it after the Bordelais style of Zinfandel -- more elegant, restrained and better with food -- in contrast to Port-style Zinfandel, which tends to be sweeter and more alcoholic.
Ripe raspberries mixed with that raisiny quality you love so much and a bit of spice make this a serious Zinfandel and the ultimate match at your next barbecue. Just imagine the contrast of char-grilled meats against the slightly sweet berry flavors of the wine!
Relative to other reds like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, here’s how it compares: It’s equally “herbaceous” like these more popular alternatives. (Think green pepper.) And, while it’s bigger than Merlot, it doesn’t offer quite the weight of Cabernet Sauvignon. With a more jammy flavor profile, it’s more accessible with an added “briary” quality.
For sheer value, Lodi is tops. This area came alive in the 1980’s during the white Zinfandel craze and lays claim to some of the oldest zinfandel vineyards in California (old vines being a key ingredient to producing intense, multi-dimensional zinfandel). Today, it is home to small independently owned wineries alongside larger players who produce wines that take on a different character than those emanating from counties closer to the Pacific coast - wild-berry flavors, earthy tannins and a spicy peppery zest. Get yours today!
"Aromas of chocolate covered berries and espresso beans. thyme, and smoke roasted nuts have an interesting mossy herb note and follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with dried currant notes. Finishes with a tart berry, orange rind, and chalk accented fade." (2009 World Wine Championships)
Back in the early 19th century, Russian immigrants settled briefly in Wareham, MA, but only long enough to discover that the cold harsh winters of the Northeast were not for them. They quickly pulled up their East Coast roots and headed for Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, but not before planting some of the first Zinfandel vines in America!
Zinfandel is considered by many to be California’s signature grape and is often called the American grape because it does not grow in many other parts of the world. It’s an overwhelming favorite in the Central Valley, California’s interior, which runs from the state capital, Sacramento, to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.