The fine people at Sledgehammer Wines just sent us bottles of their "no-fuss" 2007 Zinfandel North Coast and Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2007 wines. These inaugural release wines - Cabernet and Zinfandel - are made from grapes grown in California's North Coast winegrowing region. Each wine receives extra hang time to age for two years to develop riper flavors in toasted barrels for added complexity. This results in much bigger and richer wines. If you're just looking for a good drink, pick up a glass of Sledgehammer and enjoy!
Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2007
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ($14.99) is a staple for any Cab drinker. This is what happens when you take a sledgehammer to Cabernet grapes - deep red color, a rich full-bodied structure and explosive flavor that packs a powerful punch to the palette. After a tasting, we can tell the story of complex aromas of black cherry with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors of plum and dark fruit with supple tannins and integrated toasted oak are the result of barrel aging and fruit flavors along with a note of mocha create a lasting finish. With the first sip we where overwhelmed by the rich, sweet flavor and the nice aftertaste. A great wine to set the everyday table with!
Sledgehammer Zinfandel North Coast 2007
The 2007 Zinfandel ($14.99) is a Zin lover's weapon of choice. Dark, ripe fruit and surprising complexity make it wise beyond its years. When you take a sledgehammer to Zin grapes, you get intensely ripe and complex flavor that's a hammer blow to your taste buds. After tasting this wine, we noticed intense aromas of blackberry, black pepper, toasted oak and a hint of brown spice. In the flavor there's raspberry and blackberry with vanilla and toasted oak which results from aging in small barrels. Berries, brown spice, and oak complexity continue in a long finish. When we tasted this wine we knew we where in for a treat for the rest of the glass. This is definitely a great affordable wine for a romantic night in!
October 15, 2010 10:35 PM | Drink Smoke