2012 Michael David Phillips Zinfandel "Earthquake"
Winery: Michael David Phillips
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Earthquake"
Wine Category: Zinfandel
Grape blend: 85% Zinfandel & 15% Petite Sirah
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 25,000
KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 3 reviews)
Average Virtual Score: 93 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: February 11, 2015
Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Zinfandel from Lodi opens with a mild blueberry and vanilla oak bouquet with hints of earth and dark chocolate. On the palate, this is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a mineral infused blueberry with notes of oak, menthol and black pepper. The panel also detected a hint of elderberry and dark chocolate. The finish is dry and its big and bold fruit flavors linger, while its tannins are rather sticky. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Zin with grilled lamb medallions with a balsamic sauce or sharp cheddar cheese by the fireplace. Enjoy - KWGTP.
Winemaker Notes: Peppery and spicy with plenty of berry fruit (cherries and raspberries) intertwined with dusty, loamy soil, incense and a Provencial garrigue-like note jump from the glass of this impressive wine.
Organic status: not organic
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