Incredibly smooth, plush and ripe. Beautifully balanced between power and finesse, with a fine-tuned balance of coffee, chocolate, black cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, pepper, tar, licorice and herbs. Lush tannins add supple focus, with a long, lingering finish. Great winemaking; great vineyard.
A fabulously complex Zin, decadent in the elaboration of ripe cassis and chocolate fruit, lush oak trappings, and texture like a mink coat. Lots of alcohol here, but so dry and balanced, you hardly notice.
With 17 percent alcohol, this Zin puzzles me. It is decadently good, soft and gooey as a sauce you’d pour over pie or ice cream. Cherries, chocolate fudge, creme de cassis, raspberry cream liqueur, how delicious is that? More questions: what is the definition of table wine? Am I prejudiced against high alcohol? I welcome reader comments.