Behind the Cork™ - Wine of the Week

2014 Manzanita Creek Cloud Buster Zinfandel ($10)


Another good one from Sonoma's Manzanita Creek. 

This Cloud Buster is labeled as a Zinfandel varietal as it should be since it is produced with at least 75% Zinfandel (80% to be precise).  But, as is typical, winemakers then blend in other grapes to get their wine just where they want it.  With this one, the winemaker threw everyone in the pool.  The blend includes 6% Merlot, 3.5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Petite Sirah and the remaining 7% is comprised of Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Barbera, Petite Verdot, Carignan and Alicante. Whew! Apparently the Zinfandel needed just a bit of help!

As usual here in the "Behind the Cork™ - Wine of the Week" feature, this is a nice wine from Sonoma County at a great price point.