Happy Selection Sunday! Now that all the NCAA seeding is complete, we can get down to business, and enjoy a bottle of wine! Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2014 Forgeron Zinfandel, a 100% Zinfandel from the Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. This was a recent delivery from the Forgeron wine club so let's see how it is!
The wine is a lovely, bright ruby color in the glass. The nose is a wonderful combination of leather, spice, boysenberry jam and clove with just a bit of earthiness. The taste is a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry and boysenberry, that transitions nicely to some notes of dark chocolate, tobacco and pepper spice. The finish is very nice, with balanced tannins providing a nice base for the long, dry and very smooth finish that leaves you thinking about your next sip.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a really nice example of a varietal that can be difficult. This Zinfandel would pair well with a variety of dishes, from a London broil to a smoky barbecue, but tonight I am going a different route. My local market had red, yellow, green and orange peppers on sale today for 2 for $1 so I decided to make my mom's old recipe for stuffed peppers! The richness of the peppers with a bit of spice in the sauce and creamy mozzarella melted on top makes an ideal pairing for this wine. Cheers!