Tonight we cracked open a bottle of 2007 Passalacqua Dry Creek zinfandel that had been hanging around in our cellar. The notation on the bottle said we should have opened it in 2011. Luckily we forgot about it until recently. This is an eight year old zin worth pursuing.
This is terrific stuff. Aromas of brambleberry and spice. The palate opens with traditional zinfandel spice followed by layers of complexity: a hint of vanilla, a touch of black raspberry, and more spice on the finish.
The year 2007 was a good one for Passalacqua zins. The winery was making them quaffable, sometimes approaching pinot noir complexity. We’re happy we held on to this one for eight years.