89pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 Leese-Fitch Zinfandel is the quintessential "party wine." This wine drinks easily. Its aromas and flavors show ripe berries, some earth, and a dose of wood. Its easy and smooth palate make it an excellent choice with a sausage and mushroom pizza.
Juicy and fresh, aromas are layered with a combination of mixed berry pie filling and toasted coconut. On the palate rich flavors of black cherry, blackberry, milk chocolate, coconut cream, and hints of cream-laden coffee are highlighted. The finish is long and sustained with a touch of black pepper, laced with fresh vanilla and smooth coconut.
The ultimate pairing for this Zinfandel would be a Portobello mushroom burger topped with a red pepper relish with a side of sweet potato fries. Or even better, pair with pork tamales or Korean BBQ tacos.
Blend: 82% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 4% Barbera, 2% Merlot