Oh happy Monday! I just returned from the gym and now I'm ready for a glass of wine before dinner. Tonight I've decided to help celebrate Washington Wine Month with a bottle of 2013 Forgeron Zinfandel (and you know how I love a good Zin!). This wine is a blend of Zinfandel from the Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills (83%) and Primitivo from the Stone Tree Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope. So let's see what this wine has to offer!
The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of cedar, anise, clove and allspice with an underlying layer of black fruit. The taste is lovely, with a rush of ripe fruit up front, plum, blackberry and cassis, that transition nicely to some mineral and spice notes intermingles with cocoa powder midpalate. The finish is quite rustic, with supple tannins supporting a long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish. This is way beyond the fruit bomb style of many Zinfandels, this one is well structured and well thought out in blending.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's one of my all-time favorite Zinfandels from the Columbia Valley. Although I'm enjoying this wine with leftovers tonight, it would pair very nicely with a variety of easy favorites, from grilled steak to pizza to barbecued ribs. Cheers!