Gnarly sounds like surfer dude language to me, but in this case it describes the 35 to 80 year old gnarled vines that have been pruned in such a way so that they form a knotted, mangled top.
Old Vine Zin is an audacious, full-bodied fruit bomb. There’s nothing subtle about the blood red color and bold aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry. On the palate, the fruits mix with black pepper and a bit of spice. Vanilla presents itself on the mid-palate. The wine has a strong, oaky finish.
We enjoy the spiciness of Brazin and Seven Deadly Zins, two of our favorite Zinfandels in this price range. If you prefer a big, fruity Zin that is not as heavy-handed with the spice, Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin is a good pick. Priced at about $12.