When a winery exclusively makes one type of wine, you really have high expectations that they are going to get it right. Ottimino’s slogan is “Exclusively Zinfandel” and I must admit that they do it well. The second bottle I uncorked was from their Windsor Oaks Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and it is a great traditional style of Zinfandel.
Ottimino 2007 Windsor Oaks Vineyard Zinfandel is 100% Zinfandel from Sonoma County. It has 13.9% alcohol and retails for $30. For more information see www.Ottimino.com
Now The Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Ottimino Windsor Oaks Vineyard Zinfandel pours a blackish plum in the glass. It has a warm nose with notes of plum, blueberry, oak, and cinnamon. The wine is fruit forward with tastes of blackberries and dark cherries. Mid-palate there are notes of oak and spice followed by a long, peppery finish. This is the style of Zinfandel I am hoping for when I open a bottle…time for another glass!
My Wine Rating- B+/A-
Food Pairing Suggestions- This Zinfandel pairs well with burgers, lamb shanks, or a grilled New York strip.
*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review