Monday, August 4, 2014

St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma County 2011

In January,  I wrote about the 2010 St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma County.  The 2011 vintage is now at Costco and since this wine is one of my favorites, I decided to compare the two vintages. 

The blend for the 2011 vintage is 87% Zinfandel, 6% Petit Sirah, 3% mixed blacks, 3% Mourvedre and 1% Syrah.  This blend has more Zinfandel, less mixed blacks and less Syrah than 2010 and there was no Mouvedre in 2010.  A big difference is that the 2011 has 15.0% alcohol while the 2010 had a whopping 15.8% alcohol.

I think St Francis softened this Zinfandel in 2011.  It is still a bigger tasting Zinfandel, but not as big as 2010.  There is still a lot of flavor but a little softer tannins.  You will still want to have this with grilled beef but you could also enjoy it with red pasta.  This wine is $13.89 at Costco and you cannot go wrong with it at that price.

SC Wine Joe rating = 90