Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Winecology: Bonny Doon 'Cardinal Zin' Central Coast, CA 2002

This Zinfandel certainly packs a punch - with a personality to match that of the irreverent Bonny Doon Vineyard. If you're not familiar with Bonny Doon, check them out. A nice portfolio of wines and an owner with a some wit to boot! Their semi-regular newsletter is full of dry humor - a la The Onion for wine geeks. The last issue (all the way back to Spring '03) has some goodies. Headlines include: "Tainted! Your Wine May Have Cooties", "Trent Lott Prefers White Wine", "Urology Roundup: The Case for New Wood."

On to the wine. I've served this at home and all have reacted with a "wow." This wine is not perfect for everyone, but the Cardinal gets your attention regardless - starting with the screwcap. The wine's color is an intense, dark maroon. On the nose vanilla and spice are subtly apparent. Once on the palette, the fun begins. Lots of well balanced zing. Acidity, tannins and powerful fruit are together in harmony. Lots of rich berry fruits and hints of pepper. A lasting, but not intense finish offering cherry cola and pepper.

Rating - 8.5 out of 10
Price - $17