A Mischievous Wine for Wine Wednesday

2011 Macchia “Mischievous” Zinfandel

2011 Macchia Mischievous Zinfandel

We were having guests over for dinner last night and I  was serving some delicious looking steaks with zucchini and prosciutto skewers and wanted a full-bodied wine that would compliment the meal such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or a rich Zinfandel. After perusing the wine store aisles I found this California Zin that had a high rating of 92 and also a recommendation from the wine buyer. What more could I ask for? And they were right on the money – a super fantastic wine for under $20 that tasted more like a $60 bottle.

Macchia winery, located in Acampo California, gives their Zins very interesting names such as Outrageous, Adventurous and Oblivious and I am sure each one lives up to its namesake and this 2011 Zinfandel is no exception. Blended from 5 different vineyards, using the grapes from the stronger older vines, Macchia has produced a classic fruit-forward wine with rich berry flavors, just the right amount of oak, some earthiness and a subtle hint of vanilla. It has a wonderfully smooth finish and is the perfect accompaniment to steaks, grilled dishes as well as rich pastas.

Note: This wine has a higher alcohol content than most wines coming in at 16%.

Price Range: $17.99-$19.99

Rating 4 out of 5

Linda's Signature

Wine Wednesday – 2011 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin

2011 Gnarly Head Old Vine ZinI wasn’t expecting a lot out of this bottle of Gnarly Head but it was on sale for under $10 and thought I would give it a try. Well I was so pleasantly surprised by the smooth taste and texture of this wine that I became their newest fan.

The grapes that are grown on their gnarled 35-80 year old vines (hence the name) have some of the most intense dark fruit flavors with hints of chocolate, spice and toasted oak and this particular vintage is no exception. Very full-bodied with aromas of fresh fruit, subtle flavors and good tannins that lead into a slight peppery finish. Not your most intense Zinfandel but, in my opinion, one of the best in this under $15 price range.

I tried mine along with a pizza last night and it was the perfect pairing. You can also have with BBQ, chili, steak fajitas, spicy chicken dishes or sip with your favorite dark chocolate.

Price Range: $9.99-$13.99

rating 4 out of 5


Rating: 4 out of 5

Linda's Signature