This is part of a series of posts about the wines offered at Slows BBQ during the summer of 2015.
2012 Zinfandel, Hullabaloo
This is the quintessential Jam-flavored wine, with notes of spiked cherries and orange peel. A selection inspired by Mr. Rose, it pairs well with St. Louis spareribs smothered in Slows’ gingery Sweet BBQ sauce.
Be careful. At least in Detroit – who knows about other cities – more people ask for “Zinfandel” expecting the sweet pale pink version than do those expecting this thick, ruby red beast. I find it helpful to qualify, Red Zinfandel.
The fruit comes from Lodi, which seems to have a lock on good Zinfandel for reasonable prices.
Regarding Zinfandel: prospectors and immigrants at the turn of the century found that Zinfandel thrived in California. By the 1980s everyone wanted pseudo French wine – Cabernet and Chardonnay – and old vine Zinfandel was a bargain, a nerd’s secret selection. The creation of White Zinfandel had the dual effect of making use of and thereby saving a lot of Zinfandel vines and also displacing the reds from the retail market.
Now the wheel has turned and Great Zinfandel is scarce because the demand is so high. We are delighted to have found this. Here’s a pdf with more details.