Zinfandel when handled right has always been one of those wines that can be described as deep, rich, and opulent. Coturri’s Zinfandel from the Freiberg Vineyards is no exception to that rule. However, this zinfandel takes those terms to a whole new dimension as the flavors are more intense, or extracted than one would expect.
The color is a deep reddish garnet color with aromas of rich blackberry and velvety black currants. As you swirl this fine wine around your glass the wine appears to “cling” to the glass creating what is described as “legs” that are long and shapely down the sides of the glass. When you bring it to your mouth and inhale there is a small sensation that indicates alcohol in my mind. Once you get this wonderful Zinfandel on your tongue, there is a instant sensation of rich velvety jam that explodes into blackberry and dark fruit flavors that is elevated by a light nuttiness playing well together on the tongue, as you swallow there is an instant eruption of bright spice. That finish causes one to sigh in relief in the pure ecstasy of satisfaction.
The lushness and richness of this wine make it a special experience that would pair with a ful meal, or over a bittersweet chocolate dessert. I need another glass of this wine just thinking about it in fact. Coturri wines are as much an experience as they are a beverage!