My sister came over the other night exhausted after a long and crazy day of ER nursing. On the way over she had picked up Tussock Jumper Zinfandel 2010 to accompany relaxing on the couch with back to back Cougar Town episodes. Tussock Jumper Wines was founded a little over a year ago by wine importer/exporter Gert-Jan Van Arkel and winemaker Marc Oliveira. Their motto is “keep it simple but outstanding”. Today the brand encompasses 16 varietals from 11 different international regions. The grapes for this Zinfandel were sourced from the Lodi region in California.
Cranberry garnet in colour, aromas of cherry and peppery oak rose from the glass and were echoed in the jammy black cherry and toasty oak flavours in the medium body. Smooth chocolate, pink peppercorn and wisps of cedar smoke lingered deliciously in the moderate finish. Simple and easy drinking, this is an uncomplicated glass pleasant on its own or at the table.
90% Zinfandel, “10% other reds that will be used in varying percentages” [Incidentally I’m not a fan of this type of labeling, I believe there should be full disclosure in varietal percentages.]California
Cellared and Bottled by Twin Cedars Vineyard, CA
Rated 82 points by Wine Enthusiast