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Wine Guide > Karly Winery > Sadie Upton Zinfandel

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Karly Winery

2005 Sadie Upton Zinfandel

If you have been with Karly winery for any time, you don’t need to be introduced to this wine made from grapes planted by Sadie in 1922. A lot of people are going to call this the greatest Sadie ever, and I would agree with them if power and spice is the criterion. I don’t remember another vintage over twenty-seven years that was so muscled. I usually savor the wine for its finesse and flinty berry-cherry quality. This vintage overpowers the flint with spice and cherry cola. Where did that come from? As is often the case with Sadie’s grapes, the power comes as an unexpected surprise as we do not strive for excessive ripeness attempting instead to emphasize the elegance and balance of the vineyard. Too bad, this year the grapes had something different in mind We never overrule decisions made by the grapes, so here you are folks, Sadie on Balco.

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