Sunday, November 21, 2010

2007 Sextant Wines Wheelhouse Zinfandel

It's a bit rainy out here in Northern California tonight, so I got a hearty beef stew cooking on the stove. Uncorked a 2007 Sextant Wines Wheelhouse Zinfandel to go with it. Some nice legs on this one and it's pretty damn smooth for being 15.3% alcohol.

Here's some propoganda from the website:

COMPOSITION: 81% Zinfandel (Primativo 03, UCD 06)
16% Syrah (ENTAV 877)
2% Petite Sirah (UCD 03)
1% Mourvedre (ENTAV 369)
WINEMAKING: Barrel Aged 11 months: 6 % Eastern
European, 4% New French Oak
3,300 Cases Produced
Sextant’s Flagship Wine

TASTING NOTES: Sumptuous and inviting, the 2007
Sextant Wheelhouse Zinfandel summons a range of fruit
characteristics underscored by supple tannins. To begin,
a touch of cherries flow into hints of dark chocolate
which roll into soft notes of raspberries only to be
overtaken by a flavorful bite of red plums. Like the turn
of a wheel, the structure is circular and the finish lingers
with lasting momentum.

Malolactic Fermentation ~ 100%
Total Acidity ~ .56g
pH ~ 3.81
Residual Sugar ~ .25
Alcohol ~ 15.3%
BOTTLED: August 20, 2008
RELEASE DATE: October 2008
94 Points – Wine X Magazine
90 Points – Wine Spectator Magazine
Gold Medal – Dallas Morning News Wine Competition

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