My sister just bought a house about an hour south of me and is moving in 2 weeks, so I was at her apartment last night already missing her, and helping her sort through her many belongings and pack them up. As customary, she had culled a few bottles from her wine closet for us to investigate. I selected the Hullabaloo Old Vines Zinfandel 2009 as we embarked on our evening of packing. The producer, Nine North Wine Company, is located in the Stag’s Leap District in Napa Valley. Sworn to secrecy, they are not able to disclose which particular vineyards they sourced their old vines Zinfandel from, other then that they were high-end Napa Valley vineyards where the very same grapes are used in the production of wines that retail for 4 times the price of their Hullabaloo. They chose the strongman icon for the bottle as they felt he represents the same qualities as the wine possesses; great size, boldness and symmetry.
We let the air get at it for about 20 minutes, pushing up out of the dark purply garnet were aromas of fresh cut grass and grape jam. Rich, lush flavours of blackberry and cherry harmonized with notes of earthy wet leaves. The lengthy finish embraced spicy black peppercorns and trailed off with smooth wisps of smoky tobacco. Agreeable tannins contribute a pleasant dryness that balances the big jammy fruit flavours. Smooth, perky dimensions produce a well-structured wine that will vanish from your glass in a manner much more rapid then you thought possible.
Vinted and Bottled by Nine North Wine Company
Enjoy now through 2015