2011 Foxglove Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1113129 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 While I thought the 2011 Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles was too herbaceous to be recommended, I would not hesitate to drink the spicy, peppery, cherry and red and blue fruited 2011 Zinfandel Paso Robles. With 14% Petite Sirah included in the blend, it is a tank-fermented, naked, unmanipulated expression of Zinfandel fruit from California’s Central Coast offering plenty of crunchy berry fruit. Enjoy it over the next 12-18 months.  (8/2013)

K&L Notes

Finally, the 2011 Foxglove Zinfandel is here! Brothers Bob and Jim Varner (Varner, Neely) make some of our favorite value wines in California under the Foxglove label--always fruit-filled, balanced and polished. Like its predecessors, this Zin is bright and fruity, with black cherry and plum aromas and flavors accented by hints of pepper and earthy spice. Also like its predecessors, however, unlike the Foxglove Chardonnay and Cab (two other wines you should definitely check out), the production on the Zin remains comparatively low. If you are as big of a fan of this wine as we are, be advised to act fast.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7