This 2006 Zinfandel/Petit Syrah blend from Russian River Valley is a true lesson in versitality and balance. On the nose, you get great fruit notes of raspberry and blackberry as well as really strong cloves and cinnamon.
The palate doesn’t disappoint and holds true to the flavors on the nose. Upfront, all the fruit (blackberry and dark cherry) shines through, and then is followed by the spices: cinnamon, clove, and some black pepper as well. Where some zins can be jammy bombs, the Pendleton showcases the best quality in good Russian River wines: even balance. The wine is medium bodied and balances fruit and spice very well. It has enough acid and tannin to hold up well to many different foods, especially dishes with some kick to them. The fruitiness will balance out the spice in a dish, and the spices on the finish of the wine will enhance the heat in a dish. And best of all, this is a Zin that can be enjoyed on its own without being heavy or overdone.