The winery claims the vines date back to 1882; the wine is a stunner, with rich, old vine complexity mixing cherries, leafy old-vine flavors, smooth chocolaty oak. Smooth, seductive, delicious.
You could smell this from Mars and know it’s Zin. Wild berries, woodsy dust on a hot summer day, roasted coffee bean, white pepper and a hint of raisins mark the aromas. In the mouth the wine is full, dry and spicy, and wildly fruity. It’s a bit hot, but that’s Zin for you.
A moderate-bodied Zin that sports rustic tannins and bright acidity. It’s got a briary blend of black cherry, blackberry, herb and raspberry flavors, finishing with medium length at the end.
What does “briary” mean? Think about a wild black raspberry bush on a hot summer afternoon. The wood, the bark, the dust, the chlorophyll from the baking leaves and the berries, with that wild, primitive, spicy, fructose-sweet bitterness. This wine is bone dry and finishes with a tannic bite. Drink it now with sturdy chow.