*** I received this wine as a sample***
As part of my new job, I often have the opportunity to join several of my colleagues from other offices on conference panels to talk about the work we’re currently doing and to provide some insight into what future projects may look like. Monday morning, I started off the week on one of these panels, talking to a group of about 1500 people. Admittedly, I was not thrilled about starting off the week with a presentation, but I love talking on the topic. Each panelist gave a short, 3-minute overview before the moderator started a question and answer session. During the 45 minutes of discussion, there were 3 applause interruptions, 2 of which were in response to something I said. While that was flattering and I left the conference with a good feeling, I didn’t think more of it. My boss was speaking to the same group on Tuesday morning, so my focus was in preparing him for his speech. I was taken aback when I learned that not only did people come up to him after his speech, but also were emailing and calling his office to tell him that they thought I gave a great presentation. Receiving that type of praise, particularly at a new job, is invaluable, so, to celebrate a great start to the week, I went home and opened a fun bottle of wine to help end the day on as good of a note as the week started.
The 2007 Wine Guerrilla Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (website, snooth) was made with 85% Zinfandel, 6% Malbec, 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Alacante Bouchet grapes. The wine had a deep ruby color, with a purple hue. On the nose, there were baked blueberries and blackberries mixed with a spice cabinet full of cinnamon, cloves, and a hint of ginger. In the mouth there were berries and spices, plus a little bit of cocoa dust and something herbaceous. The wine had good tannins, medium acidity, and a medium body.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $22, the wine offers what you expect from a California Zin. It was initially a little hot in the mouth, which was a little distracting, but, in general, it’s a food-friendly wine that pairs perfectly with BBQ short ribs, while also being enjoyable on its own.
This is the second bottle of wine that I’ve had from Wine Guerrilla (click here for my review of the 2007 Goat Trek Vineyard ‘Block 6′ Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel), and I continue to be happy with the wines. Wine Guerrilla’s mission is to take the best Zinfandel grapes in California and create a wine that epitomizes the true character of a “California Zinfandel,” and the spiced, baked berries in the 2007 Dry Creek Valley definitely accomplish that mission. Added to the fine artistry of the wine is the distinctive creativity of the labels, which are designed by Los Angeles artist Sean Colgin’s labels. With the wine and labels put together, Wine Guerrilla has created an enjoyable Zinfandel-drinking experience.