TomHill wrote: I get kinda tired of all this weeping & wailing of alcohol levels in Calif wines. Can't we just let it go and let the wine in the glass speak for itself??? Oh well...I guess the wine writers and bloggers have to have something to whine about.
To put it simply, zinfandel got big, often huge, and occasionally monstrous. Fans of thunderously powerful wines rejoice in these bottles, but not me. I find the blast of rich, sometimes pruney fruit to be overbearing, and the hammer blow of alcohol to be unpleasant. Zinfandels now commonly reach past 15 percent alcohol. They often convey an impression of sweetness that, combined with a thick texture, tends to blot out food. Sometimes they actually are sweet.