Friday, May 2, 2008

2003 Escafeld Zinfandel

Oh boy, this is (or was) a good one! Here's the notes:

Initially the aromas of this dark wine were very earthy - like wet dirt or potting soil. After some air, coffee grounds, black cherry, granite, dark and semi-sweet (like the little Hershey nuggets) chocolate, licorice, cedar, pepper and spice emerged. It was about 1/2 fruit and 1/2 the other characteristics.

The palate was similar, joined by milk chocolate (so all sorts of chocolate was swirling around in there). There was lots of fruit and fine-grained tannins. The 15.5% alcohol content was a little noticeable at times but not at all bothersome; most of the time it was hidden by the layers of aromas and flavors.

I thought this was a terrific wine at any price, and for $19.99 from WineQ it is an enthusiastic thumbs up on all counts. This is the 2nd wine I've tried from Escafeld, the first being a 2004 Petit Verdot that was muy bueno.

Here's my pick for the YouTube video matching the wine - something I feel is equally complex. If you can't see it below, please click here.

Here is the link to the product page on Steely Dan: Aja


Anonymous said...

I adore the entire AJA album, it's in my top 10 all-time faves. And I want to try both Escafeld PV and Zin some time!

MonkuWino said...

I've tried two Escafelds and they were both terrific. The Zin was like the opening chords of "Aja" - the layers of aromas from the wine just start floating down all around you! Ha ha, sounds kind of corny but that's the impression I got. Steely Dan is my favorite group.