Opolo 'Mountain' Zinfandel - $27.99

Wine Details

Price: $27.99
Producer: Opolo Vineyards
Region: Paso Robles
Varietal: Zinfandel
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: cherries, herbs, jammy, spice, strawberries
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • They say good fences make good neighbors, but it was a love of wine and winemaking that was the entrée between Opolo owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols. Their two families have lived side-by-side in Camarillo since 1996. As Nichols remembers, “I knew Rick to say hello to, but that was about it. Then one day, he said to me, ‘Hey Dave, I just planted 10,000 grapevines!’ “ And so began the evolution of Opolo, one of Paso Robles’ newest labels.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
CGCW - 85 Details: While a good many ultra ripe Zins suggest syrupy sweetness in the nose, this soft and very big-bodied wine does so as well in the mouth. Its evident sweetness takes a bit of the edge off of its considerable heat, but, make no mistake, this is not table wine in any way, and it will make for difficult pairing with all but the richest of cheeses. 2005 CGCW
WineSpectator - 86 Details: Delivers focus and concentration to dried raspberry, red currant and plum flavors accented by lively structure and lingering cedar and vanilla tones from oak. Drink now through 2007. 1,097 cases made. – 2002 WineSpectator
WineSpectator - 82 Details: Wickedly sweet, for those who like their Zinfandel sugary. Ripe plum flavors are round, with violet and bubble-gum notes. Drink now. 560 cases made. 2001 WineSpectator plum, violet
CGCW - 88 Details: Full blown ripeness runs into lots of sweet and spicy oak in this anything-but-subtle offering, but the wine finds surprising room for a burst of berryish fruit first in the nose and then again in its lush and focused flavors. Big, but very well-balanced for its style, it has the fruity muscle to withstand a rush of heat and tannin at the end, and its very solid structure encourages a few years of further age. 2000 CGCW oak, spicy

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Feta, Goat Cheese, Smoked Gouda, Soft Pungent Cheese
Red Meat Hamburgers, Minestrone, Beef Stew, Ham, Barbeque Pulled-Pork or Ribs, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Lamb Stew, Game, Wild Game - Elk, Caribou, Moose, Venison, Sausage
Pasta & Grains Lasagna, Pasta with Peppery Mushroom Sauce
Poultry & Eggs Coq Au Vin, Roast Chicken with Herbs, Herb Marinated Chicken, Roast Turkey, Spicy Chicken Dishes, Game Birds
Fruits & Nuts Citrus Fruits
Vegetables Lentils, Tomato
Sauces Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Clove, Mint, Oregano, Pepper (black, white, green)
Spicy Food Beef Stir Fry
Cheese Aged Cheddar

Wine Terms

Name Value
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
Zinfandel One of California’s oldest varietals, this grape actually hails from Croatia. Red Zinfandel makes rich dark wines that are high in alcohol and medium to high in tannin. The can have a blackberry or raspberry aroma, a spicy character and even a jammy flavor. Some Zinfandels are relatively light-bodied and meant to be enjoyed young, while others benefit from aging.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.

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