From old vines dating to 1865, this is a hugely fragrant mountainous Zinfandel, with an abundance of raspberry and blackberry flavors. A wine with a huge presence and soft, rounded tannins, it’s extremely yummy with a ton of peppery spice on the long finish.
A thoroughly enjoyable Zinfandel that shows the variety’s lusty character, but with special grace and finesse. Bone dry and richly tannic, it has complex flavors of blackberries, blueberries and currants, with earthier notes of tobacco, leather and unsweetened dark chocolate. Very fine.
Delicious in cola spice and earthy tannins, this medium-bodied Zinfandel remains tightly wound but obvious in its promise of years of enjoyably structured blackberry fruit, leather and spice. A fine choice among all of Easton’s 2010 Zinfandels.
Here’s a wine that defines a distinct style of Sierra Foothills Zin, namely, the wild, brambly kind that seduces with sheer power and exuberance. It’s a mouthpunch of blueberry, boysenberry and other berry flavors, wrapped in just enough tannins and acids to provide balance. There’s something woolly about it, especially in the peppery finish.
Still tight in the bottle (let it air, or better, age), this lovely Sierra Foothills Syrah, from steep slopes in Fiddletown, one of the cooler sites sourced by Bill Easton, shows off all the savory, tobacco and forest-floor goodness we love about cool-climate Syrah.
With a sweet jasmine nose and steely acidity, this Viognier from Fiddletown, slightly east of the Shenandoah Valley, is a touch sweeter on the palate though completely in balance, with a long finish and great structure.
A pretty Viognier with oaky pear and apricot aromatics, lean, dry and crisp in style with plenty of depth on the finish that will appeal to fans of Condrieu. This wine will be available in 2013.
Lovely mountain Zin, showing a briary, brambly quality to intensely flavored wild blackberries, blueberries and cherry liqueur. There also are tiers of peppery spices, licorice, chocolate mint and soy. Polished and dry, this fine, complex Zinfandel is drinking well now.