February is here, and with it comes a host of events: Ground Hog’s Day, Super Bowl, President’s Day, Mardi Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday), and of course February 14, National Ferris Wheel Day. I know Feb 14 is also Valentine’s Day. This year forget the skimpy lingerie and soulful sounds of Al Green because I have six sexy zinfandels sure to add a spark to your Valentine’s Day plans.
Created to celebrate mind, body, and soul, Erostasia and Zinsual Zinfandels are perfect for spicing up Valentine’s Day. According to Erostasia wines, the goddess’ name means “resurrection of desires,” and “gently welcoming you closer. Her passion and sensuality radiates as she patiently waits for you to draw near and sip the wine from the fruit she bears.” These two zins are crafted by winemaker Jillian Johnson DeLeon in a consulting role and are sure to add sexy to Valentine’s Day.
2014 Erostasia Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi USA: clear deep ruby in the glass; clean pronounced aromas of red and black stewed fruit, sweet spice, black pepper, tobacco, leather; high acidity and tannins, full body, with a long finish; a mouth-coating wine with loads of spice and sweet stewed fruit, a rich, round velvety mouth-feel with an endlessly long finish.
2013 Zinsual Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi USA: clear deep ruby with purple hues; clean pronounced aromas of stewed black and red fruit, sweet spice, dark chocolate, dried savory herbs, dried violets, tobacco, black pepper; medium acid, medium+ tannins, full body, long finish; rich on the palate with a crushed velvet mouth-feel and a long, penetrating finish
Alexander Valley Vineyards offers a trio of Zins perfect for any time of year but ideal for a Sexy Valentine’s Day. First they temp with captivating aromas and seductively alluring flavors; then capture with spicy, jammy seduction in an original California classic; however, you will find redemption at the end of the trio with loads of dark fruit and structure.
2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel California USA ($12): 92% Zinfandel, 4% Grenache, 5% Petite Sirah, 1% Syrah; clear, deep inky ruby with purple hues; clean medium+ aromas of dark jammy black and red fruit, tobacco, sweet spice, dried savory herbs, dusty earth, charred walnuts, and a lingering hint of vanilla; medium+ acid and tannins, full body, long finish; a dark and inky brooding zin that is sure to please a crowd
2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin California USA ($20): 99% Zinfandel, 1% Petite Sirah, clear deep ruby; clean medium+ aromas of dark jammy fruit, sweet spice, dark chocolate, and black pepper; medium+ acid and tannins, full-body, long finish; chewy tannins that coat the mouth and create a long spicy finish.
2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley USA ($22): 100% Zinfandel; clear deep purple; clean pronounced aromas of dark berries and plums, dark chocolate, tobacco leaves, sweet spice, black pepper, and vanilla; medium+ acid and tannins, full body, long finish; a classic Dry Creek Valley Zin; juicy mouth-feel balanced with pronounced earth notes, mouth-coating tannins that are silky and create a long finish.
If your Valentine does not live up to your expectations have no fear McNab Ridge Winery has a sexy (may be pushing it here) Zin for you! In addition to their “serious” Zins, seriously delicious if you ask me, McNab likes to have a little fun. They have created a monstrous zin, guaranteed to turn your teeth purple.
2013 McNab Ridge Winery Zinzilla California Zinfandel ($13): 100% Mendocino Zinfandel; clear deep purple with ruby hues; clean pronounced aromas of jammy black and red berries and fruit, sweet spice, damp tobacco leaves, black pepper, dark chocolate, and vanilla; medium+ acid, pronounced tannins, full body, long finish; a zin to devour all other zins; silky tannins wrap the palate while the flavors cascade across it, this is a big zin but it is well balanced with a super long finish
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So whether you are seeking a sexy Valentine’s Day or your Valentine turns out to be a monster of sorts, these Zins are guaranteed to add spice to your night!