The 2010 Folie a Deux Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, has 14.3% alcohol, scored 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, and cost about $15 then.
At a perfect nine years old, the wine has come into its own and will hold together for another ten years. Pepper, blackberry, black raspberry, spice, and hints of oak fill your nose while the flavors dance all over your tongue. The acids are balanced with the fruit.
I’ve found Zin at 8 to 10 years, Bordeaux at 10 to 15 years, and Brunello at 15 to 20 years present beautiful complexity.
When you see what can be created without 15% alcohols, you’ll never buy high alcohol Zinfandel again. Served with grilled meat, grilled veggies, and even a slice of grilled watermelon. In Vino Veritas.