Price: $9.79 at Total Wine
Style: The “Tom” (Medium body and power with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.)
Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles”
The Zinfandels continue to preform quite well this month. The Peachy Canyon is no rock star, but it is a good solid offering under $10. The nose is the distinguishing attribute for me on this one, carrying a scent of fire roasted marshmallows along with some toasted oak. On the palate, it’s pretty standard raspberries and cherries. Balance is just a touch off with some excess acidity swirling around. Finish is medium and pleasant.
A rich and fruity nose opens with black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, and vanilla. A smoky and mysterious aroma takes over, leading into toffee, cigar, and cherrywood. On the palate the wine is round and sumptuous, with notes of cherry, clove, and orange oil. One of our most sophisticated and well-balanced vintages in recent years, this Incredible Red meets and exceeds the promise in its name.
This fruit was harvested over a period of several weeks to attain ideal ripeness, picked in the early hours of the morning, and destemmed into fermenters. During ferment, the juice was pumped over twice a day, and gently pressed after two weeks where it aged for ten months on 100% French oak before bottling.
Established in 1988, and headquartered in Paso Robles, Peachy Canyon specializes in Zinfandels with a wide variety of bottlings ranging in price from the $10’s to the $40’s. Many of their Zinfandels are single vineyard designated, but the Incredible Red is the more generic “California”.