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

I've been writing the Boozy Lifestyle blog since 2014 and recently expanded upon it to create my new book, Boozy Lifestyle: Elevate The Everyday With Booze As Your Muse. The book is a collection of stories celebrating and inspiring everyday life with entertaining tales of wine, food, booze, travel, and family, and including over 50 food and drink recipes. Visit me on Twitter at J Reilly@Boozy_Lifestyle or

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