2012 Decoy Sonoma County Zinfandel
Smoothly seductive in bright red-berry and pomegranate fruit, this young Zinfandel comes from mostly Dry Creek Valley vineyards. Rippling in baking spice and subtle vanilla oak, it’s a complete wine, with balanced acidity and mellowed tannins. Clean and long on the finish, it will complement rather than overpower a meal.
A zesty Zinfandel, with black cherry and smoky pepper aromas and appealing flavors of plum and anise.
Duckhorn Wine Company's excellent value Decoy Zinfandel is sourced mainly from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, and was aged in 40% new oak barrels. It may not walk or talk like a Duckhorn--renowned for its Napa Valley Merlot--but this purveyor of "everyday wine for the well-informed" has made the right choice in sourcing from a Zinfandel hotspot. From the winemaker: "This is perhaps the richest and most robust expression of Decoy Zinfandel we have ever produced. Aromas of spicy dark fruit flow from the glass underscored by oak-inspired notes of vanilla and clove. On the palate, flavors of ripe berry and bramble mingle with hints of Christmas spices and mocha with polished tannins and lingering acidity adding to a long, satisfying finish."