By my own admission, I am a Zinfandel snob. Often zin can be so fruity and so dense that it resembles a cocktail more than a wine; so for a zin to catch my attention like the Macauley Old Vine…well, it’s quite a feat. (Tasting it was actually the impetus for the creation of our Somm Wine Club.) This wine catches your attention immediately – from the black-purple color to the fragrant raspberry/black cherry waltzing with provincial spice – it stands out. The wine is balanced, velvety, and boasts a solid core of acidity over tannins, making it the perfect zinfandel to pair with anything you want to pull off the smoker or grill. Cellar worthy, but I wouldn’t wait… rip it and tip it!