So I have a few miscellaneous cases of wine in the passive cellar at home, and I decided to go rummaging. I ran across this bottle, and the fill was pretty good–low neck–so I figured
what the heck? Well, I was amazed that a 27-year-old Zin would still taste this good. The color was a medium purple, with slight bricking at the edges. It’s definitely on the claret/savory side of
aged Zinfandel, but quite a core of ripe Zin fruit in the midpalate. What really surprised me is that the tannins were NOT fully resolved, although they certainly had smoothed out. While I had
never intended to age this bottle like this, as a serendipitous aging experiment it turned out very well. And the half of the bottle leftover from Night 1 still drank well on Night 2! Who knew?