Nine North Wine Co 2006 Hullabaloo - 87pts

Nine North Wine Co 2006 Hullabaloo (Napa Valley) California - USA

Availability: Select BCLDB sotes and fine wine shops.

Cost: $20-25

Alcohol: 14.6%

Date Tasted: March 27th, 2010

Tasting Notes: Zinfandels are a love'em or hate'em sort of wine - the Woody Allen of the wine world one might say. Personally, I love Zins (and Woody - although completely unrelated) but judging Zins is tough. Some standouts offer great complexity and the elite single-vineyard variety can offer a sense of place (often a warm and cozy place). However, many Zins are blended and their grapes are picked from multiple vineyards which dilutes the complexity, leaving us to judge the quality of the source fruit and the vinification.

This Zinfandel, named Hullabaloo, from Napa Valley vintners Nine North Wine Co is a wine that does not offer layers of complexity or a sense of place but it does come from excellent fruit that was handled skillfully. A classic Zinfandel in both aroma (boysenberry, dark cherries, nibs, anise and white pepper) and taste (red and dark berries with lingering spice). A solid wine that Zin lovers will enjoy - others may not. Drink now through 2014.
 - Liam Carrier

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