Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month – 2012 Thurston Wolfe Zinfandel Howling Wolfe

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The February Zinfandel of the Month is the 2012 Thurston Wolfe Zinfandel Howling Wolfe.

Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman founded Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream of producing unique, finely-crafted wines in small case lots. Together, they have coaxed outstanding wines from a number of grape varietals not commonly used at other Washington State wineries.

Zephyr Ridge Vineyard is situated in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Ruby red in color. 15% ABV. Black fruits, dark chocolate and pepper on the nose. Medium body with medium acidity. Blackberries, black cherry, white pepper and vanilla on the palate. Claret style Zinfandel with a touch of sweetness on the finish. Well made and fairly priced Washington Zinfandel. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 88 points.

Howling Wolfe is readily available at retail in the Seattle area and at the winery. This bottle will set you back about $20.

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