Vino Con Brio Estate Matzin Old Vine Zinfandel, 2006, Lodi, California

Vino Con Brio Winery offered roughly 5000 cases of 15 different varietals in 2011. Owned and operated by the Matson Family in Lodi, California, Vino Con Brio’s Matzin Old Vine Zinfandel is an estate grown red that has been highly rated by the likes of Wine Spectator and others for the spectacular juice that is produced by the 66 year old vines.

The 2006 bottling was the Matson’s eighth vintage and offers gentle blackberry and green pepper aromas. These open to supple plum and currant flavors. An edge of spice and acidity frame its fleshy fruit. This Old Vine Zinfandel’s finish is long lasting, with haunting cherry notes.

The Matson Family recently retired from wine making in June of 2011, selling the vineyards to Mettler Family Vineyards. Their wines are still widely available, and are excellent for pairing with pizza, turkey, and good friends.