7 Deadly Zins

A perfectly Zinful wine for Mardi Gras

Consistently marvelous Zin from Michael David Winery, the Seven Deadly Zins bottle has lost its clever poetry from the back label without losing any of the rich, peppery, spicy aromas and flavor which has characterized this Lodi-grown production year in and year out for well over a decade.  This is a red that never lets me down, with a rich fruity nose and a very nicely rounded mouth-feel.  On the finish I find both currant and dark cherry tastes in the 2013.  A festive, well-integrated stand-alone sipper, I enjoy it with Italian and Asian foods, as well as the softer cheeses.

You’ll find folks who prefer Cabs or Pinots who refused to admit they like any Zins, of course. For folks seeking a rich, fragrant glass to share with friends the 2013 vintage once again boasts a complex enough flavor profile to serve after almost any other bottle (except, perhaps, Viognier, which tends to influence the taste-buds subtly long after the glass is empty.)

Highly recommended – a personal favorite.



Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf-du-Pape

I’m a big fan of wines from the Rhône, and the 2007 Domaine de Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf-du-Pape was no exception when I opened it in the autumn of 2016. A deep, rich red in the glass, I savored the herbal bouquet and while some reviewers have noted an absence of tannins I’d say they’re present, but subdued, so they don’t get in the way of the fruit. I’d characterize the 2007 as notes of currant and a hint of cherries and yeasted bread, with a pleasant, very smooth finish.

This Chateauneuf works very nicely with smoked wild Norwegian salmon, served with fresh greens. It’s not as “big” as some of its peers, perhaps, but pairs up nicely with seafoods, well-aged cheeses, and dark chocolate.

I’m not sure of the proportions, or even certain of what varietals are present, but I credit a hint of Mourvédre for the slightly smoky character of the finish, and it surely leads with Grenache and Syrah.

Highly recommended, likely delightful for many years yet.