I have become a fan of the “big” Zinfandels from Sonoma and Napa over the years with great examples from Mazzocco Winery, De La Montanya Winery, and Stryker Sonoma. As mentioned in earlier posts, we visited Paso Robles last November and fell in love with the wines from Le Cuvier Winery. Last night, after a very crazy week, we decided to celbrate the start of the weekend with a Zinfandel from Le Cuvier Winery. Le Cuvier Winery’s winemaker John Munch has a long history of taking the path less traveled when it comes to wine making. This rebellious trait reflects the Paso Robles region and John Munch’s wines stand out even in this dynamic region. The 2008 Le Cuvier Zinfandel is definitely “big” at 17.4% Alcohol with broad range of favors that hit you when you take your first sip but become complex and nuanced as you let it linger on you tongue and with a long smooth finish. The complex structure of the wine comes from the wine making process where the wine is allowed to sit on its skins for an extended time and then in the barrel for over 2 years.
I highly recommend this wine. The 2009 vintage was recently released and I look forward to giving it a try on another special occasion, such as a Friday night.