Saturday, October 9, 2010


Peachy Canyon Incredible Red

Browsing in Trader Joe's wine section recently, my eye was grabbed by the name Peachy Canyon.  It was familiar to me, because it was one of the first wineries I visited on my first trip to Paso Robles quite some time ago.  I thought I'd grab a bottle and see how it tastes today.

This Paso Robles Zinfandel is a 96/4% blend with Petite Sirah.  It has a beautiful deep ruby hue and a nose of jammy blackberries and cherries, with cedar and spice.  On the second night it was open it was showing some tar, which I didn't notice when it was first uncorked.

The palate tastes of black cherry with a licorice note that lingers into the rather lengthy finish.  The mouthfeel is full, with smooth tannins and a nice minerality.  It's not a particularly big or brawny wine.  At only 13.9% abv, the alcohol is really restrained.

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