WINE REVIEW: Bricoleur Vineyards 2021 Zinfandel, Rockpile, Sonoma Co. ($65)
by Andrew Chalk
This was one of the Zinfandels served at the ZAP Zinfandel Roadshow tasting in Dallas. The producers sent me a bottle and I thought, as an example of New Zinfandel, it would be useful to provide a detailed review.
The fruit is lusciously ripe and the tannins are like velvet. It leaves a long and harmonious finish in the mouth.
AROMA CHARACTERISTICS: blackberry, lead pencil, cedar, thyme, tomato leaf, cinnamon, ripe fruit;
TANNIN: medium. ripe;
FLAVOR INTENSITY: pronounced;
FLAVOR CHARACTERISTICS: blackberry, cedar, thyme, cinnamon.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Recorded 15.7% ABV does not carry through in the mouth. Tannins have a velvety texture to them.
QUALITY ASSESSMDENT: Very Good. Multifaceted aroma and flavor characteristics work together to create a complex wine that is ready for consumption and might improve with age.
Bottle Aging: suitable for aging. 5 years. This is Zinfandel, notoriously at its peak when released.