From 130-year-old vines, this is a densely layered, bigtime Zin. The flavor concentration is just tremendous, a critical mass of briary, wild blackberries, black currants, dark chocolate, licorice and fabulous Asian spice. True, the alcohol is on the high side, but the wine finishes balanced and dry. Will take up to 10 years of cellaring.
Wonderful Zin. Showcases just what these old vines are capable of. Intense, focused flavors of cherries, raspberries and ripe pomegranates, wrapped in a rich, creamy texture that finishes with a scour of spice. Totally dry, and best of all, it’s not too high in alcohol.
Just beautiful, showing Alexander Valley Zin at its best. Dry and full-bodied, it’s enormously flavorful in spicy wild berries, with a cherry liqueur smoothness. But it’s not high in alcohol, and is thoroughly balanced and elegant.
Very rich and extracted, and much more full-bodied than Sausal’s “Family” Zin, with which it was co-released. This is one to cellar for a few years, to let things come together. Just massive in chocolate, berry jam and pepper spices, wrapped into firm, refined tannins.
The 2009 vintage was successful for Sausal’s three new Zinfandels, and this intense, concentrated bottling shows how the cool weather managed to ripen the grapes, yet keep alcohol levels moderate. It’s a big, powerful wine, packed with wild berry, cola, licorice, spice and sandalwood flavors that have a tang of the earth.
Here’s a reserve that really does merit its special designation. Made from 90-year-old vines that likely contain varieties other than Zinfandel, the wine is rich and complex. Delivers all the wild, brambly Zin quality you want, with tiers of blackberries, cherries, cassis, cherry liqueur, tobacco, vanilla and peppery spice flavors that go on and on in the finish…
A soft, smooth, silky blend of 80% Zinfandel, 15% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet, this could have been a Zin, but instead is called the Dream of the Family. We liked the warm fruit and purple clover in the nose and were impressed by the velvety texture. Ready to drink, this is an unqualified winner with excellent depth of flavor on a relatively light frame.
Old-vine straw, tobacco and herb in the nose. The wine is subtle, sensual and complex, with layers of interesting spicy flavor. Nicely balanced and flavorful, with a long, firm finish.