Nick and Bri joined us for dinner the night before we flew out to California recently. They grabbed some groceries that would have expired and were taking Simba for the week. Dinner was going to be pretty simple; hamburgers on the grill with mashed potatoes and a green salad. Since Bri is a Zinfandel fan I decided to grab a bottle from the cellar to go along with dinner.
I wandered down to the cellar pondering who’s Zinfandel I would choose. There was a bottle sitting towards the right side sitting on end. It was a screw cap so there was no need to lay it down. This wine was made to drink and not hold for a long time. We had met Chris Lynch at our friends wine store many years ago and like his wines.
If you are not familiar with Mutt Lynch they have a pretty interesting story. Chris, the original wine maker and his wife Brenda (current wine maker) are dog lovers. As you can see from the wine labels they have gone to the dogs! The Lynch’s actively participate with many dog charities. Over the years the winery has donated tens of thousands of dollars and continue to grow their charity dollars. A portion of proceeds from every bottle of Mutt Lynch wine is donated to support local animal rescue organizations.
Lisa at her store with Chris Lynch
We have not visited the winery, but really need to make a point to schedule a visit during an upcoming trip to Sonoma.
The Zinfandel had a ruby hue and a medium color depth.
The Portrait of a Mutt was slightly aromatic and smelled fruity. I noted plum, spice, and dark fruit.
The Zinfandel was slightly dry and it was medium-bodied and the acidity was balanced. The tannin’s were soft and felt in my mid palate. I noted spice and dark fruit while the wine was very flavorful with a long finish.
How much: $13.99 per bottle. For the price it is a real value.
I rated the 2007 Mutt Lynch “Portrait of a Mutt” Zinfandel three glasses. The wine was very good and I would buy it again.
In Vino Veritas!