Ottimino's Zinfinity comes after establishing a reputation for Zin. The wine has a dark fruit with vanilla hint taste with plenty of 20 months in French Oak for pretty big tannins on the finish. The alcohol is a suprisingly low 13.9 percent. A nice wine at the price point that will hold up with most foods.
The nose is a lovely combination of asian pear, hibiscus and slate. It has more citrus on the palate, lemon, plus pears and shortbread. Jerk chicken would be a perfect match.
This is marvelously rich and balanced, with a finish that lasts forever.
This chewy Spanish red is made from old vine Grenache. It is rich, tannic, and deserves a lot of swirling in the glass to open up flavors of dark red and black fruit, chocolate, and spice.
Another Spanish red that helped my mind take a vacation was this super sexy Tempranillo. Filled with dark fruit and smoke, this wine is supple and juicy. It is well balanced and utterly drinkable. Watch out: this wine screams red hot passion. Think Penelope Cruz in a glass. (Yes, it’s that good.)
There was a time when I ran off to France for a couple of weeks and drowned my sorrows in bottles exactly like this: a Rhone varietal made up of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. This is a perfect drinking wine -- the blend makes it great with any kind of food (or no food at all). I swoon over the red berry flavors with just a hint of minerality. C’est parfait.