What I like the most about these Carini Zinfandels is NOT that they are ultra-small and low-profile and from an oddball location like Trinity County. They’re not even particularly low-alcohol, although anything under 15 these days is practically treasure. What I like is how the pretty fruit transfers through–unmistakably Zin–and carries with it layers and layers of delicate floral and spice. These aren’t “cab-styled” Zins, they aren’t “Paso-styled” Zins, they are not Dry Creek Valley or Sierra Foothills Zins. They are their own beautiful version, while maintaining textbook varietal typicity.
Lush and mouth-filling, prune dialed back to about *3*, banana peel and sautéed onion savory see-sawing the copious acid. Tannins so delicate. Thin lace on deadly curves. Pretty. Just flat-out PRETTY. With a bite.
2012 CARINI Dubakella Zinfandel Trinity Co. California 14.7