So tonight I'm having my Easter dinner a week early, so what goes better with glazed ham than a nice Lodi Zinfandel? I can't think of anything, so tonight I've opened a bottle of 2010 Salvatore Principe Blue Groove Signature Series Zinfandel that I bought yesterday at one of my old time favorite wine stores, G.B. Russo's in Grand Rapids.
The wine is a lovely deep purple color in the glass, classic Zin. The nose is a marvelous, jammy combination of black plums, raisins and a hint of leather and limestone. The taste is a wonderful blast of fruit, plums, raisins, blackberries and cassis that lasts for a few seconds and then transitions to some herb notes of black pepper, thyme and cocoa powder. The finish is lovely, with some bold tannins supporting a long, silky finish that seems to last a minute or more. A classic Lodi Zinfandel, rich, fruity and somewhat rustic.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, as it's a very nice example of a quality Zinfandel, but it was also a terrific value at just $7! I wanted to buy a case, but there were only three bottles left, so I bought those. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with my early Easter dinner, of glazed ham, some red hasselback potatoes (thanks for the recipe Epicurious! Red Hasselback Potato Recipe at Epicurious) and the ubiquitous green bean casserole! The wine makes such a great compliment to meats like ham, but it would also be great with a steak or pizza. Cheers!