Good Morning Gentle Readers,
To put it delicately, TWC has never found Sutter Home wines to offer anything worth writing home to your mother about. To be fair though, it has been many, many moons since I’ve sampled the wine offerings from the guys whose wine compares pretty favorably to these:
On the flip side, times and markets change and as more Baby Boomers forsake hard liquor and dope, demand for better quality wines at reasonable prices continues unabated.
That may easily explain Guest Blogger NoStar's surprisingly different take on the drinkability of this old line California Zinfandel.
I love the warm extended evenings of late June, enjoying my backyard, snacking on crackers, ham, and cheese, and a bottle of wine. For me, the perfect summertime wine is a Zinfandel. No, not a White Zin, I’m talking about a full colored red to purple Zinfandel with bright berry and mild spicy flavors that sits perfectly balanced between sweet and dry. On a cold autumn evening perfect for introspection give me a full bodied and complex Merlot, but when it’s above 80F and the sun is still up at 9:00 pm, a red Zin slightly cooled to 65F adds to the gaiety of the season.
Currently, the 2005 Sutter Home California Zinfandel fits the bill nicely and it’s available at prices under $5 per bottle. I found it for 3 for $10 at a Food Pavilion in Washington State. Wine snobs may laugh at Sutter Home, but impressing others is a poor reason to drink or not drink a wine.
On the NoStar spillable-swillable-refillable scale the Sutter Home Zinfandel is definitely swillable and under the conditions mentioned above, even the wine snobs, provided no one is looking, will pour themselves a refill.
Enjoy the summer. Enjoy the wine.
Editors Note: Summer doesn't begin until the 4th of July here in the Southland of Californicate.
TWC wishes to thank NoStar for his appearance here today.
Sutter Home is one of the oldest wineries in Napa. History of the winery is here.