Sunday, March 13, 2011

Zinfandel and a Steak

Beautiful day on Saturday, breezy but sunny and a little warm.  It was a perfect day for firing up the grill.  When the charcoal was hot and glowing we tossed on a thick rib steak while a potato continued to bake in the oven. 

The wine was a 2005 Mazzocco Home Vineyard Zinfandel from Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley, an area that makes some outstanding zins.  This one was right up there with the good ones.  Dark in color the nose was pure Zinfandel - black, prickly fruit, black pepper and a little bit of cola action.  Great depth to the sweet blackberry fruit in the wine and still some nice tannins to support the fruit.  The wine was 15.1% alcohol but the acid was much more than I expected so that took away from the anticipated sweetness.  The black pepper was prominent on the finish along with a cherry cola or a Dr. Pepper effect. 

The potato got some sour cream and some black truffle salt while the steak was finished with a sprinkling of Malden sea salt crystals.  Wonderful steak and potato and the wine only added to the pleasure.  Nice pairing.  I have opened and drank several of Mazzocco's single vineyard Zinfandels and this was my favorite of them all.

15.1% alcohol and no price available since the wine was a gift from a friend. 

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