Monday, April 18, 2011

2008 Alexander Valley Temptation Zinfandel

Easy drinking
Temptation Zinfandel
Bookmark and Share   Zinfandel can range from bold and highly structured to a softer wine geared for patio sipping. This offering from Alexander Valley winery falls into the later category. This easy drinking Zinfandel comes from Sonoma Zin grown in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Winemaker Kevin Hall also blends in fruit from Solano County just to the east of the Napa Valley, where the balmy summer temperatures mean big clusters yielding flavors of Bing cherries.

It seems there is a sea of budget priced California Zinfandels with amusing names and catchy label art, most making a play on the words "sin" and Zin. The good news is that for the most part, these wines are good. Not great, but they don't pretend to be something they are not.

Green Dragon sampled this wine and called it fruit forward with a juicy flavor profile. It's a wallet-friendly wine, costing about $12. It offers juicy flavors of cherries and plums. This is a wine that pairs well with a cheeseburger or a plate of spaghetti.

This wine is aged for 10 months in American oak, but oak-haters, fear not. This has a smooth finish just right for casual sipping.

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