Gnarly Head, don't you just love the names some of the winery's are giving their wine! It is so fun saying "Gnarly Head". I think this wine fits well in Key West, as we have lots of pirate happenings here. Saying "Gnarly Head" sorta has that pirate sound to it!
We needed a "stand up and take notice" wine the other night, as our dinner was comprised of BBQ Ribs and Chicken with home made cole slaw and wedge sliced potatoes that were roasted in the oven with olive oil and lots of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Whew, that was a mouthful to say.
We chose a 2005 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, California. The Lodi area of California is well known for its 35 to 80 year old vines. It amazes me that vines that old are still producing wonderful grapes! This wine is crafted with 77% zinfandel and 23% petite syrah grapes. It has 14.5% alcohol with a cork closure. It is fermented in French, American and Hungarian oak, which adds a hint of oak flavor to the wine. This wine bursts with the fruit flavors of dark plum, dark cherry, and has a wonderful peppery flavor which went so well with the pepper on the potatoes. This is not a heavy zinfandel, which so many can be, but has a moderate weight with softer tannins. It is a handsome wine, great to look at while you are swirling it around in your glass!