Maker: Black Mountain Vineyard, Napa, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Black Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel 2005 (Cramer Ridge) is yet another find from my recent Trader Joe’s visit. And, like the other purchase so far, this one was a good find and a nice value. This may not be the biggest and boldest of Zins, but it’s certainly pleasant enough. It has a spicy, smoky nose. It’s medium bodied, and starts with plum and cherry notes, which segue into a brief, moderately spicy finish. There’s not a lot of complexity, but this Zin is well balanced and highly drinkable. Consider it a “crowd pleaser.”
We’d pair this wine with pizza or burgers – it’s a very accessible wine, and would make a good inexpensive party wine as well. We couldn’t find out anything about Black Mountain Vineyard on the Web. If you’ve got a link, feel free to post it.