Maker: Alexander Valley Vineyards, WH, Sonoma County, Healdsburg, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap
Our Rating: 8.9 out of 10
If you favor big Zins, Temptation Zinfandel 2005 might punch your ticket. It has a moderately strong berry aroma, and a warm, fruity flavor with black cherry and chocolate notes. This Zin builds in intensity as it approaches the finish, which is long and slightly acidic. This wine isn’t overly complex or subtle, but is definitely nice to drink. I opened it to accompany outdoor-grilled strip steaks, a pairing which worked out just fine. I’d also pair this wine with fun food, like Chicago deep-dish pizza.
Temptation Zin has already achieved recognition:
- Gold Medal – 2008 Houston Rodeo Intl Wine Competition
- “Highly Recommended” – 88 Points – 2007 World Value Wine Challenge
- Silver Medal – 2007 Hilton Head Wine Fest
According to the Alexander Valley website, Temptation Zin is a blend of 46% Dry Creek, 33% Alexander Valley grapes, and 21% Solano County grapes. It’s a winning combination.