Earthquake, Zinfandel 2014, Lodi, California
Tasting Note: This zinfandel echoes core qualities that have made Michael David’s line of wines so successful.
Deep-intensity purple in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of black plum, black cherry, cassis, blackberry, violet and young cedar.
On the palate the dry, full-bodied zinfandel delivers layers of ripe black fruit underpinned by a light cedar streak that runs throughout the length of the taste, well-complimenting the fruit character.
A similar layer of cedar characterizes Michael David’s Freakshow and Petite Petit wines .
The wine displays concentration and has a smooth mouthfeel that is supported by ripe, velvety tannin.
Unlike some California zins that overwhelm with overripe fruit, this zin shows restraint (for California) and balance.
Bottle Note: Old Lodi vines, yielding supreme, like ancient volcanoes releasing their steam. Danger is present, felt but unseen. Vines of such power, such high self-esteem. Intentionally hostile, purposefully bold. Nice not an option when truth must be told. Energy captured, awaiting release. Zinfandel vines, the greatest seismic beasts. Instilling such fest, a risk few will take. Nothing prepares you for the zinfandel quake.
Tasting Date: December 16, 2017
This wine was submitted for review.