I like the word Gnarly.
It can be used in many different ways.
Here are some examples I worked up for your reading enjoyment:
That guy is gnarly, he can really ski!
Eww! Look at that gnarly looking bug over there!
She is surfing some gnarly waves, dude!
And so on…and so on…
Okay, what was my point of this? Oh yes, I like the word “gnarly.” I especially like it when it’s referring to wine, like zinfandel. Which finally brings me to the point of this blog! I decided to take a slight detour if I may.
When referring to “old vine” wines it’s just that, the grapes are from old vines. Sometimes the grape vines are more that 100 years old! Zinfandel grapes are particularly common from the old vine, also referred to as the gnarly vine.
I had the pleasure of experiencing this 2011 Louis M. Martini Gnarly Vine Zinfandel recently. Let me just start by saying, it was delicious. Here is why it was delicious. The color in the glass was like black velvet, rich and opaque. It coated the inside of the glass like honey. On the nose I could pick up juicy blackberries and cocoa. At first sip, I could taste jammy red fruit with a hint of vanilla and a peppery bite. The tannins were smooth as silk and the flavor lingered.
I swirled my glass and took another sip. Cherry and vanilla were prominent and again, velvety smooth tannins. A handsome and dapper zinfandel with some sophistication thrown in too. This zin is a keeper and one to put away on the shelf for a few years.
Here are my notes:
Louis M. Martini Gnarly Vine Zinfandel
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Andrea’s Vista Unofficial Score: 8.75 out of 10