Wines that Rock: Zinfandel - A primitive love
Zinfandel may be misunderstood, under appreciated, and yet at the same time so famous it makes your eyes water. You will see it everywhere in liquor stores, but it only makes up 15% of US wine production, a lot of which ends up in American blends with the like of Petite - Sirah. Straight forward Zinfandel though, is something else, a gold nugget in the US wine culture.
Zinfandel is a juicy, magnificent, rich red wine that will charm the life out of you. You can get flavors of strawberry, spices, blackberries, and raisins, and occasionally find that extra decadent smoky tobacco flavor that gives you tingles all over. This is a wine that is seductive, and yet dark. You might just get into trouble falling in love with this American icon that carries its heart on its shoulder, and story tattooed into sleeves on its arms.
Any time you think of Zinfandel, your heart might wonder and mouth water for Americana. Juicy burgers for starters, but the ultimate food to go with a good Zin is a something just as hearty, just as American. It can only be a good pit BBQ. Brisket, pork ribs, chicken thighs, all those rich spices rubbed eep into the meat and smoked to perfection. It is the deep soul of America, the cultural roots growing deep into the ground. The wine, the food, the people, the music, all standing against time and the whims of fashion.
This is not about tradition, this is not about holding on to the past. Zinfandel is a wine that stays strong through time. Zinfandel is a wine that stays strong by being who it is, nothing more and nothing less. Zinfandel has survived prohibition, it has survived being turned into a joke (White Zinfandel) and it continues to hold its own against the hundreds of wines fighting for shelf space and attention. Zinfandel will ride the road in its beaten leather and Harley to experience the open road, on its own terms, on its own path. For that, its a wine that rocks.