2008 Cinnabar Sorcerer’s Stone Arthur Z. Przebinda February 24, 2011 Tasting Notes 4 Comments This Zinfandel-based blend is upper medium depth garnet in color with a medium opacity, becoming ruby at the rim. Rich plum and berry aromas up front. Pleasantly piney notes soon emerge, backed by hints of sweet oak. More time in the glass brings out subtle char and espresso aromas. It quickly becomes very tangy and ends very, very racy with a steely, scalpel-sharp note. Very fine tannins are slight, velvety textured, smooth and have a tea-like astringency. The 15.7% alcohol is well-carried and perhaps tamed by the racy, high acidity, which lifts the tone of the plum and berry flavors but also tends to overshadow them. The lingering finish is a dynamic kaleidoscope of acidity, plum and berry flavors, heat and mild, velvety astringency. For the time being, it can be paired with high-acid foods. Paired with Greek salad (grilled chicken, feta, Persian cucumbers and balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing). WHO: Cinnabar WHAT: Red Blend – Zinfandel (85%), Petite Sirah (10%), Teroldego (5%) WHERE: Saratoga, California WHEN: 2008 HOW MUCH: $45 (Media sample) Pingback: Tweets that mention 2008 Cinnabar Sorcerer’s Stone : PALATE PRESS -- Topsy.com() http://www.silkbush.com Dave Jefferson Blend components add to 80%, so something is awry. http://www.palatepress.com David Honig Good catch, Dave. It was a typo, the “65” should have been “85.” http://www.winesooth.com Arthur Oops! Sorry for the typo.