Sum Zin, the Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel 2007
This is my second road trip up to Paso Robles and this time I took advantage of the Far Out Wineries Passport weekend pass, which entitled me to have tasting fees waived at 17 different participating wineries, with the proceeds of the Passport Sales going directly to the Wellness Community.
This was my first visit to Opolo and frankly not sure if I will be back. My wife and tasted through several of their wines before we were introduced to this lovely Zinfandel. I was thinking wow, so many different wines and there's only one that we like. So many of the wines we tasted were right on the cusp of tasting good or very good, I believe there was just too much of a grip on reins keeping their wines from being remarkable, instead they were just ordinary. I believe it's hard to know if it's the winemaking teams philosophy on restraint, the fruit, or a combination of both. We tasted much of the 2007 vintage and many of the wineries in the area indicated that 2007 was an opulent vintage.
Nevertheless some folks really liked their wines quite a bit, as they were carrying it out by the cases. Honestly with the prices they were paying those folks could have saved themselves some money just shopping at Costco or Trader Joes for similar quality wines. That's not to say that neither of those places have great juice at great prices they do, but they also have some rather ordinary wine [everyday quaffers] for ordinary prices.First Sniff: After putting my fat half Irish nose into the glass, I found this wine exudes an effortless plethora of ripe berry aromas, with a slight licorice aroma in the background. Even after the wine is gone from my glass, I was still nosing it to absorb ever last molecule of aromas that I can take in, this wine had me at first sniff.
First Sip: Blackberry, and whole plum flavors wash across the palate in a large wave of nuanced fruit and the carry through of a long, white pepper, and with lean blackberry on a crisp, but well focused finish. This is not the fruit-bomb you may imagine, instead what I found was a "layer-cake" [not to be confused with the label of the same name] of rich, ripe nuanced fruit so telling of what a good Zinfandel should be.