For 12 weeks, we feature a wine, and include tasting notes and suggestions for pairings. At the end of the 12 weeks, we’ll review our Mixed Case, and recap the choices. Each mixed case will be chosen by a local wine shop owner, who will also become our wine expert-in-residence during his or her tenure. (So should we need recommendations for a holiday, for example. we’ll ask.) We’ll get a new expert for each case. Right now, we’re working on our Mixed Case from Aries Wine & Spirits in White Plains.
Rock Lobster Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2010 is bottle 11 in our series. To see the rest, click here: Mixed Case on Small Bites.
Bonus online content
I have to edit it down to fit in the paper, but here is Aries owner Andrea Kish’s full description of the wine.
Name of Wine: Rock Lobster Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
Region: Lodi, California; east of San Francisco Bay at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this region has a classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool evenings with gentle maritime breezes. The unique lower temperatures of this part of the San Joaquin valley allows the grapes which grow on vines with an average age of 45 years to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity.
Tasting notes: deep bold fruit aromas and juicy flavors full of cherries, berries and spice. Well balanced with good acidity, medium tannins and black pepper finish.
Goes with: steaks, pizza, burgers, all types of BBQ’s, roasted chicken, red sauced pasta
Why we chose it: What dad or grad wouldn’t like celebrating their day with their favorite foods and this delicious wine!