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Knight Hill Winery’s Roundtable Red Wins

December 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Wine

A classic battle happened in our home a few days ago.  We pitted a California 2007 Zinfandel against a Washington 2009 red blend.  What showed through was a classic California vs Washington wine smack-down.

The Zinfindel was Trader Joe’s 2007 Coastal Zinfandel.  Which, for the price, is not bad.  It starts off with an explosion of fruitiness and then falls off the coastal cliff from which it came.   It’s a Zinfandel that doesn’t last, so you just need to keep drinking it in order to avoid the poor finish.

The Red was Knight Hill Winery’s Roundtable Red.  We picked this one up on our honeymoon and were under strict instructions to let it sit for at least 6 months before opening it, as it was bottled the week before we purchased.  We made it seven months  🙂 and were pleasantly surprised by it’s balanced, subtle nature.  Very little fruitiness but, as Lisa put it, “full of all the wine flavor that isn’t fruit.”  It’s smooth, no big flavors up front, a bit of a peak in spice by the mid, with a nice long lasting, full-structured finish.

While we’re not the most experienced winos in the world, this felt like a great example of the differences between California and Washington wine.  When I think California wine (and I’m not talking the high end stuff), I envision huge fruity flavor with a light color and consistency, along with big sugar content.  Where as I see Washington wines, again not the high end stuff, with more subtle fruit, less sugar and a more complex and lasting flavor.

That’s why when it comes to bang-for-your-buck wines, I think Washington wine are a step a head simply because the flavors last.  California’s cheaper wines offer good flavor but poor finish, which means you can’t sip and enjoy them all night.  You have to chug them to keep enjoying.



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