Force of Nature Mossfire Ranch Zinfandel Paso Robles 2013

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Paso Robles

Varietal   Zinfandel

Retail Price   $22.50

ABV   14.7%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep purple with hints of ruby red.

Aromatics

The aromatics are quite complex deftly marrying ripe blueberry, raspberry, and plum with cracked black pepper, cardamon, allspice, clove, pink peppercorns, and cocoa nibs.

Flavor

The palate equals the complexity of the nose. It's much more than fruit ideally weaving in a wide array of spice, with subtle earth tones and oak.

Intensity & Texture

Being a Zin from Paso you know it's going to be a mouthful but this multilayered beauty gets kudos for its subtlety as well.

Cool Factor

A

Paso has been a been a go-to appellation for Zin for some time but this one stands above the crowd. It offers power with finese making it a somms dream and a great addition to the cellar. Grade - A

Value Grade

A

At under $25 with a tremendous style and quality this Zinfandel scores high on the value scale. Grade - A

Analysis

The Mossfire Ranch Vineyard covers steep hillsides and a rolling valley floor as well. This is 100% "Rockpile" clone Zinfandel. It's matured in predominately American oak with 20% French barrels. It is an intriguing hybrid of styles. While it shows pure Paso elements like powerfully ripe red berries and offers a spice signature and generous dose of fresh acidity reminiscent of Italian wines. It's a real beauty.

How to Enjoy

This is a serious wine that calls for food and definitely appeals to the carnivore. Grilled lamb chops or a roasted leg of lamb with plenty of char would do this wine justice.

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