Tin Barn is a Napa/Sonoma/Russian River Valley producer, that puts the growers at the forefront of their product, and it shows. The use 100% varietals (excepting their Cabernet blend) showcasing the land, climate and grapes. I was impressed with the Sauvignon Blanc, made some notes and grabbed a post card. Back at my hotel room, I happily dug into my "Swag Bag" and found a half bottle of their `09 Russian River Zinfandel. I read a rumor that Tin Barn produced these bottles for WBC11, and if that us true, well, then I ♥ them even more.
Barbara brought out her half bottle of the Tin Barn Zinfandel Russian River Valley Gilsson Vineyards`09 (and she styled the photo on the left), we toasted a good dinner, great conference and new friends.
A half bottle of wine is PERFECT for two people who just want to share a drink at the end of an evening. It is a rich zinfandel, (15.7 % ETOH) with a deep, dry blackberry taste. Good for sipping and I was imagining what it would be like with food.
Cut to September, 2011. JPH and S. are off on a second honeymoon; MEH and I are holding down the fort. We planned the menu for the week, and on our "Steak Night" I decided that I would indulge myself with the Tin Barn Zinfandel. It was delicious paired with our grilled tri-tip steak, mushroom gnocchi, salad and mini eclairs (ok, not so much with the mini-eclairs. DO NOT pair Zinfandel with custard desserts - you can't say I didn't warn you!).
I didn't decant the wine, but I did swirl it a lot; over the course of the evening - from dinner to the post dinner Dr. Who episode, I carried around my glass & the half bottle and enjoyed every drop.
Blackberries. Intense, fruity blackberries, very few tannins and a long fruity finish. I love the concept of a half bottle, and I am so happy that this wine is delicious and full of flavor. This was yet another great thing to come out of WBC11. I'm already signed up for WBC12 . Tin Barn, I hope you'll be there too!