WTN: 2001 Nalle Zinfandel--Order has been restored

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WTN: 2001 Nalle Zinfandel--Order has been restored

Postby Redwinger » Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:09 am

WTN: 2001 Nalle Zinfandel, Sonoma Dry Creek Valley (13.5 ABV)
Those of you paying attention at home may have noted my recent disappointment with a bottle of 2004 Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel..bleh! In order to appease the Zinfadel gods, I opened this Nalle last evening to accompany some grilled Iowa hog ribs and order seems to have been restored and my past zinfadelities with that Seghesio harlot have been forgiven.
I always find it somewhat difficult to describe Nalle's wines as they usually are so damn balanced/integrated that no one or two aspects stand out. This bottle was no exception, but I'll give it a shot anyways:
Still very young, showing little sign of age. Bright, but not overpowering red cherry zin fruit with a touch of briary stuff. The nose has a floral aspect not unlike the Russian Olive shrub that is now floring in the garden. I found it intersting that this bottle dispayed an almost Rhone-like earthiness appearing/disappearing/reappearing in the background. I have had this wine 5 or 6 times previously and never noted this quality. As usual, this wine showed terrific acidity and a lingering pepper finish. We were truly disappointed when dinner was over and the wine fininshed.
If you have any of these, feel free to drink now, or if you have any willpower, let them rest in the cellar foranother 3 or 4 years...I'm betting they will show nicely.
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Nalle Zins....

Postby TomHill » Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:33 am

Doug's Zins are always my go to wine when I crack something new open and am let down. At that point, I just want something/anything that tastes good. Nothing to pontificate over, nothing to ponder about...just something to enjoy. Doug never lets me down.
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Re: WTN: 2001 Nalle Zinfandel--Order has been restored

Postby Jenise » Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:01 pm

If more zinfandels strove for the elegant subtleties that Nalle achieves, I'd be a whole lot more interested in the grape. But alas, Nalles's pretty much a loner.
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