Michael David Winery, Freakshow, Zinfandel, 2017, Lodi, CA has a deep purple hue in the glass. The nose is filled with plenty of ripe strawberry, apricot, raspberry and wild flowers sitting in an open field. There is also an undercurrent of fresh baked apple pie wafting in from the kitchen on the back of the nose. The palate is fruit forward with jammy mixed wild berries, out of the oven blackberry scone and a persistent long fruitiness running the length of the palate. It is not a sweet wine, just pleasant like a long summer afternoon spent in a bright garden with a cool breeze. I would like to have tasted some pepper that would balance the fruit more. The finish is long with a nice tartness and little hints of cedar teasing the back of the mouth.
Michael David Winery, Freakshow, Zinfandel, 2017, Lodi, CA is a bright spot in a sea of boring cookie cutter Zinfandels that have been coming out of Lodi these past few years. It can use a little more backbone that many Zins possess that makes them so pleasing to drink all year round. Enjoy the Michael David Winery, Freakshow, Zinfandel with some barbequed pork ribs with a nice bourbon glaze. The slight sweet notes and oaky flavors of the bourbon with match and enhance each other perfectly.
Like all of the wines in the Freakshow line, the Zinfandel has a whimsical circus theme with a woman breathing fire front and center. The crowd looking on features plenty of side show freaks that remind you of circus’ that traveled town to town in years gone by.