Maker: Beringer Vineyards, Napa, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol Content: 13.9%
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
I’m a sucker for zinfandels that claim to be “old vine” zins, so when I spotted Beringer Founders Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2004 on the shelf I couldn’t help but pick up a bottle. And, while it may not have been the bold, intensely fruity zin that one might expect from an old vine label, there was plenty to like. The nose is fruity with some earthy notes. The flavor is a mix of blackberry, cherry, spice, and oak. The finish brings out the tannins and is fairly lengthy. Like most zins, this one will pair well with more strongly flavored food, like grilled meat, spicy pastas, etc.