Angel Vine 2012 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $20

By on January 12, 2015

angel-vine-zinfandel-2012-labelPerhaps no other Oregon boutique winemaker is more passionate about working with Zinfandel than Carlton’s Edward Fus. In this case, his travels began Sept. 24 with Primitivo from StoneTree Vineyard on Washington’s Wahluke Slope and ended Oct. 24 with Zin from Les Collines in the Walla Walla Valley. In between were trips to Alder Ridge and Coyote Canyon in the Horse Heaven Hills as well as Avery Vineyard, east of the Columbia Gorge. The entire lot was fermented to dryness — unlike many of its California counterparts — and emerges with aromas of ripe strawberry, plum, raspberry and chocolate. It’s a bit darker on the palate with delicious flavors of black cherry and currant, backed by mild currant skin tannins, good acidity and licorice in the farewell.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 550 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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