by Andrew Chalk
This 100% Tempranillo wine in the distinctive stubby bottle scored a bronze medal at the 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Despite six years of age it is the current release as Monte Dixon, owner of Bar Z Winery, tends to release his wines late. The plus side of this is that they are usually ready to drink, or close to it.
This wine already shows the effects of age. It’s brick red, bordering on brown, hue. It’s low color saturation are both early indicators. The soft tannins on the palate confirm one’s suspicions. The red fruit in the nose is on the dryer end and on the palate fruit is not the dominant characteristic. Definitely drink now.