The 2009 Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with nice strong aromas of plum, clove, spice, raspberry and pepper. The wine tastes of raspberry, black cherry, and plum plus some spice and pepper that balance the juicy fruit nicely. This is a rich and savory wine. The finish is slightly dry and medium-long and features a great combination of nice soft tannins and fruit flavors. This wine is quite good on its own and also shows lots of potential for pairing with food. I'd recommend this as a nice complement to a tomato based BBQ sauce.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) Here is a balanced, mid-sized look at Zinfandel whose tempered ripeness makes it one for the table. Its clean and nicely focused berryish fruit is not pushed aside by chocolate, nor does it give up to harshness or heat. It is fit with good acidity and just the right bit of firming tannins, and, while its balance will hold it in fine stead over the next two to four years, it will drink well with tomato-sauced pastas in the short term. GOOD VALUE
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2004 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on May-06