Bone Shaker Zinfandel

Review By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                                The Bone Shaker Zinfandel is brownish red in color that changes from the center to the outer hue like the collage of earthy tones that make up a brick wall. Powerful aromas of strawberries, and blackberry jam. Very ripe fruit characteristics with a hint of grits-like aroma. Like gourmet grits with fig preserve swirled into them, if you have ever had that (you should!). If not, I will post a recipe.

On the palate the wine has a full body mouthfeel that is jammy and will not keep you guessing for fruit characteristics. The wine will easily speak to you and you should have no problem picking out black and red fruits. Very fruit forward but extraordinarily so, this is not an oak monster. Very light acidity and soft tannins pave the way for the star of the show–the fruit. This wine is a fruit bomb (fruit, not to be confused with sweetness) but it is not overly corrupted by oak.

This wine is a great entry level wine for new wine drinkers and it has many places and times at the table for the avid wine drinker. Remember this wine on Halloween, Día de Muertos, or on that cold winter snow day when you need that warming 15% alc. and that soothing jammy-ness that is so inviting and comforting. Share your Halloween and your Día de Muertos photos with us while posing with this wine and we will send you a treat! Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Review – 86 points

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Wine Selection –  Bone Shaker Zinfandel  

Producer – Hahn Family Wines 

Style –  Dry red blend, jammy and soft 

Varietals – 87% Zinfandel,  11% Merlot , 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Region – Lodi, California USA 

Alcohol – 15%

Oak – New French Oak and Neutral Oak.

Food Pairing – BBQ, wet ribs, hamburgers, pizza, meatballs. Try this recipe from Ashleigh Tansey

What is Zin? 

Zinfandel, often referred to as Zin, is known as Primitivo in Italy. It is a descendant of the Croatian grape, Crljenak. Zin came to the US in the early 1800s and made its notable bottle debut at the California State Fair in 1858. It is now considered America’s grape varietal. Taste characteristics from Zins are typically big dark red and black fruits, dry cocoa and vanilla, with other oak nuances. These wines are often full bodied, rich, and high in alcohol content, with low acidity and low tannin. They pair very well with wet BBQ, pizza, and burgers or simply all by themselves. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1BS_logo

From The Winery 

Older vines make bolder Zins. The main source of this Zinfandel, the Bruella Vineyard, is home to vines over forty years old. Sustainably cultivated by Lodi’s Meler family, these vines produce intense, robust Zinfandel with full-tilt flavors. Brick red and deep purple in the glass, with enticing aromatics of dried plums, black cherry jam and a hint of vanilla incense. One sip unveils flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice. Smooth on the finish with bracing tannins and lingering notes of blueberry and spice. Boneshaker’s full body is a great pairing for meaty chuck chili, grilled pork belly or a juicy mushroom hamburger.