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Happy Hour: XYZin 100-Year-Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers wine tasting. One of the best wines I tasted was this bottle of old vine Zin. An old vine Zinfandel comes from grapes grown on vines that were planted in California many years ago. While XYZin has delightful offerings from 10- and 50-year-old vines, I found the pour from the 100-year vines to be the most robust, flavorful, and complex. It's a smooth, but serious wine with a full body, jammy taste, and fruity aroma. Unlike some bold Zins, XYZin's is neither too spicy or tannic. Although we enjoyed this wine alone, it longs for food and would pair well with everything from creamy cheese to thick-cut steak. At $45, it's not the cheapest bottle of wine, but it's worth the splurge and would be perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

Do you drink Zinfandel? What's your favorite bottle?

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bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
Man I love Zinfandel! Sometimes I feel like I'm alone.
kiwishe kiwishe 7 years
Ravenswood Zinfindel is ALWAYS a good buy. Bold, with a slight sweetness to it. Trader Joe's used to sell the 2006 for cheaper than retail, but since the year turned 2009, they upped the price.
emalove emalove 7 years
Not really a red wine fan...the only one I like is pinot noir. I'll drink white zinfandel though :)
dpbluiz13 dpbluiz13 7 years
2002 Kunde Estate Zin was the best I've had yet. YUMMY!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Me too Elizabeth!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
I LOVE 7 Deadly Zins. It's amazing. And less that $20 a bottle usually. I get it for around $14.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Sounds awesome.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I'm a zin-aholic.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Mmm, that sounds yummy!
caligirl caligirl 7 years
Mmm Karly Zinfandel from Amador County is my favorite! I looove zins. BevMo carries a couple varieties of Karly (I prefer to go up there myself though!)
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