Marty Peterson, named winemaker at Napa Valley’s Cosentino in 2015, drew on his strong family history of grape growing in Lodi (four generations) to make this Old Vine Zinfandel. It positively screams bell pepper, dark berry and spice — the classic flavor signature of this wine region. Lodi is east of San Francisco in the Central Valley where so many Italian immigrants settled and made the area famous for Old Vine Zinfandel. Cosentino is part of Vintage Wine Estates, which has bought a number of big-name family wineries in the Napa-Sonoma region.
Cosentino “Cigar” Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2015, $20: With the 2015 vintage, the wine best known as Cigar Zin carries the Lodi appellation and has a new look. It’s a rich, spicy, intense wine, full-bodied and packed with flavors of bell pepper, cherry, dark berries, mocha and brown cooking spice. Plush tannins paint the palate. Be forewarned: Alcohol is 15.5 percent. This proverbial label usually has some Petite Sirah and Syrah in the mix to amplify flavors and color even more.
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