Gnarly Head Zinfandel Pairing

Here is what we decided to pair with today’s dinner– Pork Tenderloin.

Today’s Zinfandel Pick

Gnarly Head Zinfandel is a type of red wine that is known for its bold and robust flavor profile. It is made from the Zinfandel grape, which is known for its high sugar content and intense fruit flavors.

Gnarly Head Zinfandel is typically aged in oak barrels, which gives it a rich and complex flavor that is full of dark fruit notes, such as blackberry and black cherry. It also has a spicy finish, with hints of black pepper and cinnamon.

Gnarly Head Zinfandel is a popular choice for those who enjoy full-bodied red wines, and it pairs well with hearty meat dishes and bold, flavorful cheeses.

Ada Blythe

Ada— Very full bodied and smooth, I’ve never had a zinfandel but will definitely be exploring more of these. This went well with the pork tenderloin but I think it would also go really well with steak or other red meat..

My rating-

Rick— When I first sniffed this wine I thought — oh boy, this is gonna be strong. Turns out, it was bold yes, but quite smooth. Totally sippable. I did let it breathe before drinking. For me, this is right up there with the Malbecs. Full body, smooth, lots of spicy aromas. I will gladly drink more Zinfadel, especially this one.

My rating-

Gnarly Head Zinfandel Taste Profile

Taste ProfileDescription
FlavorBold and robust with intense fruit flavors
AromaRich and complex with notes of blackberry and black cherry
BodyFull-bodied with a smooth and velvety texture
TanninsFirm and structured with a long finish
AcidityModerate acidity that balances the fruit flavors
OakAged in oak barrels, giving it a rich and spicy flavor profile
AlcoholTypically around 14.5% ABV
PairingPairs well with hearty meat dishes and bold, flavorful cheeses

Pork Tenderloin

What Wine Goes with Pork Tenderloin

Grilled pork tenderloin is a delicious and tender cut of meat that is perfect for grilling. When cooked properly, it can be juicy, flavorful, and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat that is best cooked quickly over high heat to prevent it from becoming dry.

Rick will grill our pork tenderloin weather permitting. A liberal sprinkling of Montreal Steak Spice and griller at medium heat. For this dinner, we added some baked Russett potatoes and some frozen veggies, which Rick cooks in butter and black pepper. Yummy.

Grilling pork tenderloin gives it a smoky flavor and a slightly charred exterior, which complements the natural sweetness of the meat. It can be seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices, such as garlic, rosemary, thyme, or paprika, to enhance its flavor.

Grilled pork tenderloin can be served as a main dish with a variety of sides, such as roasted vegetables, potatoes, or a salad. It can also be sliced thinly and used in sandwiches or wraps. Overall, grilled pork tenderloin is a delicious and versatile cut of meat that is sure to please any meat lover.

Gnarly Head Winery

The Gnarly Head winery is located in Lodi, California, which is considered one of the top wine regions in the state. The winery was founded in 2004, and it is known for producing high-quality, full-bodied wines that showcase the unique character of the Lodi region.

The winery sources its grapes from a variety of vineyards throughout the region, including some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in California. The winemakers at Gnarly Head are dedicated to sustainable farming practices and use a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques to create their wines.

In addition to their signature Zinfandel, Gnarly Head produces a range of other varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery’s tasting room is open to the public, and visitors can enjoy a range of wines while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding vineyards.


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