Bigger is not better when it comes to Zinfandels - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 18, 2007

Excerpted from Dave DeSimone's article
Copyright 2007 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Bigger is not better when it comes to Zinfandels by Dave DeSimone,
July 18, 2007

...While focused on the Dry Creek Valley - zinfandel's "Promised Land" - father and son winemaking team Doug and Andrew Nalle, of Nalle Winery, express what they call zinfandel's intrinsic "zinberry" character. After hand-sorting the grapes, the Nalles also ferment in small batches and use only French oak for barrel aging. Their wines offer fruity elegance and superb, supple balance second to none.

For example, the 2004 Nalle Winery Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, California has beguilling aroma and flavors of blackberries and raspberries with chocolate hints balanced by fine acidity, elegant tannins and a rather modest 13.9 percent alcohol. Highly recommended. And for a little refreshing humor in an otherwise often pretentious world of wine, check out the Nalle's tongue-in-cheek Web site: