Zinfandel, as a grape, is a big, bad bruiser and this was very evident in the first mouthful when I tried this one. It was so bracing that I was ready to write it off as another one not quite up to HSC level, but the second was much better and by the end of the bottle, I had found a very well-rounded, nicely balanced, somewhat smooth, but charged with some acidity libation.
As I’ve directly stated repeatedly, I will buy a wine based on the label and this one, with its old-timey black and white drawing of a scantily clad women drinking from a wine skin, was an immediate and instant hit with me there, reminiscent of many old graphic novels, which stylistically were reminiscent. This technique has also been used repeatedly to draw symbols and demons, sometimes in centuries past and I’ve always had an innate fondness for it. The drawing also fit the name of the wine somewhat in a more than passing sense, but it’s mostly in cheeky playfulness hinting at naughtiness rather than getting all the way into outright bawdiness, though I’d have no objections either way, truth be known. It would not, after all, be the first winery to tie sex in with wine… However, the main spirit here is that it’s all in good fun and the winery seems to not only recognize that but also relish in it.
Heady stuff…but I digress. Zin, like some of the other heavies out there, is one I typically do not gravitate to but it’s one rather that’s nice to take out for a spin ever now and then and like an exotic sports car, it’s better to feel it a trusted friend than potential adversary. This one is a very good representative of what a Zinfandel can be at the higher levels, though truth be told, like the other heavies, a wine this potent will need significant air time, figure more like 45 minutes or so…
I don’t know if this goes on SPA or not as I rarely shop that section, but I can’t think of any Zinfandels that would be a Standard for me, this included. Thus, it comes in as a Mixed.