A wonderful Zinfandel that perfectly captures the essence of Dry Creek Valley, while keeping alcohol modest and the overall structure elegant. Perfectly dry, the wine shows complex waves of cherries and cola. It’s vast in peppery spices, with notes of all kinds of essences from the rocks and soil. Just lovely, a…— S.H.
A massive Zinfandel, super-concentrated and intense, although bone dry, that shows potent tannins that may help it develop. Right now it’s rather astringent and chewy, with dense flavors of blackberries and slightly bitter, earthier notes of tobacco and coffee. Could mellow beyond 2012.— S.H.
This wine is less alcoholic, leaner and higher in acidity than many others. As a result, it’s a chiseled wine, showing cola, cherry, clove and cinnamon flavors, with a lean herbaceousness. It should develop well over the next 6–8 years.— S.H.
Here’s a young, dark Zin with vibrant tannins and high acids that frame blackberry and cassis flavors. It’s quite different from many other Sonoma Zins, with alcohol below 14% and plenty of claret-like elegance. Should develop well in the cellar through this decade.— S.H.
A bright textured Zin, redolent of cherry, blackberry, herbs and anise. Sleek and tangy to the end.— J.M.