Trentadue’s La Storia bottlings are their reserves, and the designation is justified for this Zin. Soft and melted in texture, with succulent wild blackberry jam, milk chocolate and cherry flavors, it’s very dry, with gentle tannins. There’s a butterscotchy, vanilla richness on the finish that probably comes from charred oak.
This is a classic coastal California Petite Sirah. It’s nearly black in color, and full-bodied and glyceriney, with high alcohol framing massive flavors of blackberries, black currants, dark unsweetened chocolate, coffee and spices. Bone dry, it will live for many years.
So rich, deeply flavored and heady, it’s almost like a dessert Port, although it’s dry, not sweet. The blackberry and cherry flavors taste like they were baked into cookies. As you’d expect from a Petite Sirah, the tannins are thick, but nothing you can’t drink now with barbecue.
A simple Zinfandel, this is lacking in structure and balance, with overripe and underripe flavors. The basic taste is of spicy, oaky blackberries, with a Porty heat from the high alcohol.