A well structured, elegant Zinfandel that’s framed in silky tannins and marked by focused acidity. Flavors are layered to reveal black cherry, licorice, tar, herbs, spice, chocolate and a hint of coffee as well. Long and fairly lush at the end.
Midnight black and drily astringent, this is not a wine to pop open tonight. But it’s extraordinarily ripe and deep in black currants, with all kinds of earthy cocoa, balsamic, basil, Portobello, coffee and spice flavors. It will blossom and knit together with some time in the bottle. Best 2008–2011, at least.
A smooth, elegant style, with just the right amount of bright acidity to highlight the plum, cherry, chocolate, cassis, tea and spice flavors. Pretty, ripe, lush and long on the finish.
This is quite a mouthfilling Zin. From old vines, it’s rich in flavor, with notes of blackberry jam, cassis, espresso, dark bitter chocolate and anise. It’s on the soft side. A hefty amount of new French oak contributes sweet tannins and toast to this full-bodied, zesty wine.
Here’s a gusty, bold Zin whose powerhouse flavors call for equally strong fare, such as braised short ribs and barbecue. The wine is fully dry and full-bodied, with explosive flavors of blackberries, plums, anise, balsamic-splashed sautéed mushrooms, espresso, tabasco and pepper. Finishes a bit Porty in raisins. Drink now.
The cool vintage has given this wine lots of perky acidity and dry tannins as well as an earthy, mushroomy quality to the blackberry and cherry flavors. Probably best enjoyed soon, but give it a decant before serving.