Anise, cinnamon, cloves, pepper and other well known spices are often lumped together and called spicy. Pungent aromas and flavors reminiscent of various spices are often present in complex wines. Certain grape varities that tend to favor this spicy quality include Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Grenache, Shiraz, and even some Zinfandels.
Looking to spice up your summer? We recommend:
2012 Valdez Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Wine Spectrum 93+ This is the second release of this blended Sonoma County Zinfandel. Sourced from stellar vineyards in Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley such as St. Peter’s Church, Rockpile, Lancel Creek, and Quinn, this Zinfandel is an outstanding value. Beautiful aromas of jammy blackberries, black currants, and red raspberries intermingle with hints of spicy ginger and cardamon. Flavors of cherry and blackberry pie, baking spices and a touch of sweet bramble coat the palate. A lengthy, spicy finish makes this Zinfandel the perfect pairing for a hearty meal, especially on chilly Fall and Winter nights. 100% Zinfandel. Just 300 cases produced.