Thursday, April 26, 2007

Gnarly Head Wine In Key West


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!

Cheers!

6 comments:

John said...

This is my favorite "bargain" zin. I was recently lamenting the lack of good, inexpensive zin, and then I discovered this one. It's a perfect BBQ wine.

winedeb said...

John, yes I was just as thrilled when I came upon this one. It was on special at our local supermarket and I can never turn down something on sale! It is even more exciting when it turns out to be a keeper!

Wendy said...

Great name!

Anonymous said...

So what is the price?

winedeb said...

Sorry I forgot to put the price, I do need to remember to start doing that. The majority of wines I post about are under $12. This one is on special at our store for $8. Not sure how long that price will hold, but normally this wine would be right at the $10-$12 range depending where you purchase. Thanks for reminding me about pricing!!!

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