Like any good winemakers, we taste our wines prior to release. After the initial uncorking and tasting, we taste the wine again twice a couple of days later to see how it has opened up. With the 2011 Magnum Zinfandel, we noted that it had good character and structure, and opened a little, days later. This took place right before I went on vacation. When I returned, there was the same bottle of Zin waiting for me. Surely, I thought, it would have oxidized, surely it would have gone bad in the nearly two weeks it had been opened. I’m a curious one, so I tasted it. To my shock, it had really opened up.
Point is, this is one that can age and age well. If you haven’t yet opened your 2011 Magnum Zinfandel, hold on to it for next year’s holidays. If you have already opened it, get yourself another bottle or two and hang on to those. To be clear, we always release our wines when they are ready to drink, and this vintage is delicious now. But it has amazing potential for later. We have previous vintages available in our Magnum Zinfandel – both 2009 and 2010 which are at their pinnacle right now. You can get them online or in our Tasting Room.