Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2010 Angel Vine The Hellion – Bottle Notes

2010 Angel Vine The Hellion

Angel Vine owners Ed and Laureen Fus moved their family to Oregon in 1997 to pursue their dream of farming a vineyard. The Three Angels Vineyard (named after Laureen and their two daughters) is located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and produces Pinot Noir used by several local wineries. Ed eventually decided to make his own wine focusing on single vineyard Zinfandel (see my previous notes on three of them ), with grapes sourced from Washington. They also produce a Zinfandel blend, Petite Sirah and Primitivo.

There were approximately 200 cases of the The Hellion produced. 52% Primitivo, 36% Petite Sirah and 12% Zinfandel. The grapes are from Coyote Canyon in the Horse Heaven Hills and Stonetree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Light purple in color. Jammy red fruits on the nose. Raspberries, pepper and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. This wine would hold its own against just about any $20 Zinfandel from California. Pair it up with a burger or pizza and you are good to go!

My rating: 89 points.

The wine is available at retail and via the mailing list. While the winery sent me a sample to taste, at $22 this wine is both great value and a welcome alternative for those of you living on a steady diet of Washington Syrah.

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