Friday, August 20, 2010

2007 Mutt Lynch Portrait of a Mutt Zinfandel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m guilty of judging a wine by its label. Let’s be honest it is the first thing that draws your eye to the bottle, well that and the price. So here I go again, falling for that great marketing ploy of a great label. This time it’s Mutt Lynch and his wine mutt’s drawing me in for a closer taste. Who can resist the scrappy little dog looking at you, makes you curious about the juice inside.

Aromas consist of spicy bark and black cherries, flavors are packed with cherry and plums. Reminds me of a Cherry Tootsie Pop but in a really nice way. Smooth mouthfeel but well represented tannins burst through in the end. As the wine temps dropped, it got a little jammy and less spicy but was still nice and easy to drink.

Out of a love for wine and dogs, Mutt Lynch Winery was born in 1995. Chris and Brenda Lynch both had the wine bug and took that first step entering into the wine biz. Chris’ wine making courses combined with Brenda’s keen sense of how to get things done, have allowed the winery to produce quality but inexpensive affordable wines for 15 years.

Leaving the grape growing to the professionals, Mutt Lynch Winery sources grapes from the California Coastal region. Two areas of particular interest lie in the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. The winery has held agreements with vineyard owners for several years, producing Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petite Sirah varietals for the winery.

Here’s another reason I like this winery, Mutt Lynch supports local animal rescue organizations. Partnering with local wine shops and restaurants this year alone, the winery will donate $10,000 to Hmm, a wine that tastes good and gives you that nice warm fuzzy feeling knowing you’ve done something to help the pooches. That’s what I call doggone good!

So pick up a couple of bottles of Mutt Lynch wines, drink up and feel good about it. Most varietals can be found for less than $10.

My rating - We’ll drink the rest tomorrow.

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