Lodi…it is not on every wine drinker’s radar but it should be because there is a lot of great wine coming out of the region at reasonable prices. Over the weekend I had a chance to sip a Zinfandel from Macchia Wines, a small winery in the Lodi region. Their “Outrageous” Old Vine Zinfandel is a powerful Zin that definitely does not lack in personality.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Macchia 2010 Outrageous Zinfandel is 100% Zinfandel from Macchia’s Noma Ranch vineyard. It has 16.3% alcohol and retails for $24. For more information visit www.macchiawines.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Outrageous has a rich nose filled with blackberries, oak, and cedar. The palate is silky with intense flavors of ripe blackberries, raspberries, and black cherries. There are hints of vanilla and oak woven in between the fruit. The wine has a spicy finish with a little heat from the alcohol. The burn from the alcohol was the only aspect of this Zinfandel that I didn’t enjoy. Even with a little extra heat, this is still a nice, bold Zinfandel that is very fairly priced. Definitely make sure you give this big boy a few moments in the decanter before enjoying!
My Wine Rating- B-
Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this Zinfandel with sirloin, buffalo burgers, or BBQ ribs.