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Rajat Parr Wines Zinfandel RAAHI Kirschenmann Vineyard 2018


Synopsis, Our Opinion: It was MEMORABLE Zinfandel.

Producer/Winery: Sandhi Vintners; Lompoc, California.

Grape Variety: Zinfandel.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Lodi Mokelumne River, Central Valley, California.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $30.00 (with a club discount)

Purchased From: Rajat Parr Wine Club; Lompoc, California.

Paired With: Hot dogs, french fries and coleslaw.

Tasting:

    Note: We opened this Zinfandel tonight because we had a Turley Zinfandel from the same vineyard last night (see; Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Lodi Zinfandel 2017 and we just couldn’t resist seeing how they differed.

    Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Clear, dark purple/ruby color with a light purple rim. Damp earth, cherry, raspberry and ephemeral whiffs of strawberry aromas. Smooth, light and refreshing mouthfeel, medium body and a 100-grit texture. Tart cherry, blackberry, strawberry and a little nip of sage flavors. Fresh acidity, well integrated tannins and a very long and richly layered fruit and peppery spice tasting finish. This was a very unique Zinfandel. It was striking when comparing the Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel to this Rajat Parr Raahi Zinfandel from the same vineyard. The Raahi was not nearly as juicy sweet and fruity, had less acidity, was smoother, had more rounded tannins and was MUCH more like a fine Italian Primitivo (such as our favorite Morella Old Vines Primitivo 2013). The Raahi was so fresh and approachable while having incredible depth for a Zinfandel. There was still a little sunshine and lots of fruit flavors in it, but it was actually more an old world wine than a new world. We said it was MEMORABLE Zinfandel.

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Photo from Sandhi Wines.

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Alcohol Content: 14.4%

Closure: Uncovered 45mm Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Not applicable.