For a professional wine buyer the Trifecta for a new wine discovery is good wine at a fantastic price in a stop-you-in-your-tracks package. Armida Cellars in Dry Creek has hit just such a home run with the first release of their Poizin Zinfandel California 2011. This Zinfandel (80%) and Petite Verdot (20%) blend sports juicy, jammy plum, bing cherry and spice aromas that jump from the glass and attack the palate with complex layers of opulent fruit, peppercorn spiciness and sweet vanilla oak.
Round and rich in texture (though well structured), with a zesty acidity that keeps the flavors bright and lively through the long, lingering finish. You’ll buy it for the package at Halloween, but you’ll continue to serve it at Thanksgiving and Christmas for the quality. $12.99
Welcome our newest writer, Jasper Russo who has spent over 30 years as a wine professional in Dallas in all facets of the business including restaurant, retail, wholesale and importing and is a respected wine competition judge. Jasper has been the Wine Buyer for Sigel’s Fine Wine and Spirits for the last 10 years.