Predator Old Vine Zinfandel

At a tasting event, we tried Predator Old Vine Zinfandel from the Rutherford Wine Company. It is the product of 50+ year old vines grown in Lodi, CA. The unusual name comes from the vineyards use of an eco-friendly strategy to control harmful pests referred to as “Natural Predation”. Ladybugs are the predators who rid the vineyard of unwanted critters.
The nose is a bright blackberry jam. On the first sip we notice an unusual flavor of bacon. After doing a little research, I think we’ve tasted a wine that’s been affected with a yeast called brettanomyces (brett, for short) which, in excess, can spoil the wine. Since the aroma was good and the bacon-flavor wasn’t overpowering, we conclude that the wine is drinkable, but not one we are likely to purchase. About $16.

Published by J Reilly

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