Chatom Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel Calaveras County

Chatom Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel Purchased from the Chatom Vineyards tasting room, $20

Aaron: Raspberry and tar on the nose culminate in a pretty bold smell.  The flavor is extremely smooth as one would expect from a 5 year old bottle.  The prominent flavors are smokey cigar and dark, rocky flavors like what you would get from the rocks secluded in a damp cave.  The flavor is deep and full but not with fruit and berries, more like volcanic soil – though to be clear, this is not off-putting at all, it’s very enjoyable and mature.  92 points

Teri: A dark berry color and raspberry jam nose are prominent in the glass. Full flavors of plum, earthy raspberry and then prune on the finish leave your mouth with full but smooth tannins. Great flavors from start to finish and maybe even a hint of blueberry undertones. I would drink this wine all by itself or enjoy it with a full hearty meal with meat as the centerpiece. 91 points


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