The 2000 De LoachEstate Bottled Zinfandel from Saitone Ranch in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma,  had 14.5% alcohol, cost about $20, scored 17+ Dionysian points, and was the perfect red wine to marry to a roasted venison dish.



At 19 years old, this Californian aged well. The added complexity gave the Zinfandel some Bordeaux notes making it more of a food wine instead of just a party drink.

I teach that Zinfandels can age, but are best at eight to fourteen years, The very best show nicely at almost twenty years. Black pepper, spice, and dark black fruits still showed through the tobacco aromas.  I try to savor at least two older wines a week.  In Vino Veritas.