The wine wizards at Mendocino Wine Company knew what they were doing when they created a sexy wine label and a wine with a sexy name: Zin-Phomaniac.
The name is based on the fact Zinfandel as a category lends itself to many creative labels. The name signifies a passionate desire for great Zinfandel and the provocative imagery reinforces that message.
The 2015 vintage ($15) behind the label is seductive, flirtatious and delicious. The grapes were grown from some of Lodi’s finest 35-80-year-old vines. These produce fewer grape clusters and smaller berries that yield intense, brash wines with concentrated color. After fermentation the wine was aged for 12 months in American and French oak.
Forceful aromas of plum and dark cherry with blueberry and spice notes tempt the senses. Anticipation mounts as dark berry and red fruit flavors dance on the palate and linger with vanilla, cedar and molasses for a long finish.
This bold selection should be paired with bold dishes such as pasta with rich meat sauce and blue cheese-loaded burgers.