2009 Tin Barn Vineyards Zinfandel Gilsson Vineyard, Sonoma, CA
I received this half bottle of Tin Barn as part of a ‘swag bag’ last August at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Charlottesville, VA. The Rib and I pulled the cork on this wee bottle and poured a glass as we popped a frozen pizza into the oven. Full-time fancy, we are.
The nose showed a slight oak, a little earthiness, some cola, and dark fruit. I got a touch of alcohol burn on the sniffer, but nothing offensive.
On the palate, the fruit came across to me as cherry. There were some nice cola and cocoa notes, as well, and for a minute, I sensed a hint of vanilla, but it didn’t linger. Thirty to forty minutes in, the Tin Barn Zinfandel tasted like an un-carbonated cherry cola from an old timey drug store soda fountain (like this one in my hometown). Considering the alcohol content (15.7%), there was surprisingly little in the way of burn. You know how your uncle who regularly drinks a lot of the leading brand of light beer can have two of the craft beers you bring to Thanksgiving and get a bit ‘handsy’ with the friend you brought to dinner? This wine is kinda like that. The alcohol content on this one is high, even by today’s higher alcohol standards, so make sure you have nowhere to be and at least like all of the people around you when you pour a glass of this wine.
The Tin Barn was a nice, easy drinker. The Rib, who is not the biggest fan of Zins as a general rule, loved the Tin Barn Zinfandel; it’s probably a good thing we only had the half bottle and it was a school night. This is a versatile wine that would pair well with a variety of dishes and could be served to a large group of wine drinkers with varying personal tastes and experiences.
This is a nice Zinfandel for $27 (from the winery). If you enjoy Zins (or even if you think you don’t), give this one a try. I’ll certainly be picking up a bottle or two to open when friends come to call.
Cheers from the Corkpit,