2021 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel, Paso Robles
The name Opolo is in recognition of the Quinn’s family heritage, derived from a rose´ styled wine from the Dalmatian Coast. Opolo has estate vineyards situated on the Eastside and Westside of Paso Robles. With a strong maritime influence and diversity of soils, Opolo emphasizes unique single wines and exotic red blends of Rhone, Bordeaux and Italian varietals. Their first bottling was released in 1999. Their signature style is expressive and fruit driven while also being consumer friendly, which has translated into a loyal following.
This 100% Zinfandel is primarily sourced from three Westside sub-Ava’s in Paso Robles. It reflects the coastal mountain terroirs closer to the ocean. The medium garnet color showcases a complex and densely packed wine with plenty of personality. There are black orchard cherries, anise and brown sugar layered with mulling spices and Madagascar vanilla. It stays well balanced and lively throughout the lengthy finish. There is an underpinning of ripe , silky tannins.
By W Peter Hoyne