Zin old world and new

Domaine de l’Arjolle Z de l’Arjolle vin de table Zinfandel

Light berry fruit, ample acidity with some astringency and earthiness. The wine is rather lean for the price and begins to show alcoholic after a few hours. From a 250 acre estate near Pezenas in the Languedoc. 100% Zinfandel aged in oak for one year. Winemaker Louis-Marie Teisserence, 13.5% mis par Le Gaec de l’Arjolle in Pouzolles $17.99 at Bottle Barn www.arjolle.fr

Pepper Tree Orange Zinfandel Zinfandel 2004
Bright fruit, nice acidity, light tannins and quite a pronounced eucalyptus character. It’s nice to taste Zin where the acid isn’t lost in the background. Grown in the cool high elevation region of Orange and vinified by pro Chris Cameron. 14% produced in Pokolbin in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley $25 at Traverso’s www.peppertreewines.com.au (currently a broken link)

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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