Cycles Gladiator 2011 Zinfandel
I re-opened this one Saturday afternoon. Good choice for a rainy afternoon.
When you dive in, look for a nice blend of herbs and spices. I want to say mint, sage and/or rosemary. It’s a fun nose. Wait until the dark, jumble of berries to bring up the rear. An easy drinker. Fairly linear. A peak of acidity on the rear palate which subsides as soon as it arrives. Look forward to a few spices and bitters on the finish which is simple but rewarding.
Retail: $9.00 [Doors Closing Sale!]
(K&S Rating: 5)
Winemaker Notes: “Grown and produced in Lodi, the Zinfandel capital of the world, this brilliantly ruby-hued Zin shows off enticing aromas of ripe blackberries and wisps of allspice. After thorough swirling, a sip reveals layers of blackberries and black cherry jam, touched by flavors reminiscent of caramelized brown sugar. This wine’s bold flavor complements a silky texture and firm tannins on the finish. A touch of acid aids this wine’s smooth rounded finish.“