November 28, 2014 - Nice wine that's I've held back hoping it would get even better. Paired with the Thanksgiving meal and it did well. A little oak (but not too much), full of dark berry fruits.
August 10, 2012 - a very good zin. Much better this time
September 30, 2011 - Excellent Zin - I liked it better this time around than when I had the first bottle. Great spice paired with wonderful dark fruit. Perfectly ready for drinking, though it would probably be ok for a couple more years if stored properly.
September 29, 2011 - Mouthwatering nose--tons of plum with some red cherries and some oak. Medium mouthfeel with a lengthy finish. Similar flavors on the palate as the nose. Not at all oaky with light tannins.
August 1, 2010 - Deep dark color. Beginning to integrate. Big mountain zin with no heat on the finish this time around. Very nice.
May 31, 2010 - A big nose of dark fruit and spice, dark purple in color. Still a big Zin for being five years old, black cherries, currants, chocolate, pepper and spice, smooth for such a full bodied red. This wine was a special project of the staff of The Wine Library and they did a great job in producing a very good wine.
April 20, 2010 - Even after being popped for a bit and decanted for ~1hr, I don't feel like I'm able to appreciate this wine. The tannins are big and masking the wine for me. I don't normally do a "day two" taste, but I returned 3/4 of the bottle back to the bottle from decanter and looking forward to re-tasting tomorrow night. If the tannin and alcohol calm down, I think I'll be in for a treat.
January 30, 2010 - Inky red. Jammy red fruit, bramble, leather and a whiff of barnyard on the nose. Blueberries and blackberries, pepper, drying tannins, and a long, plummy finish. Good high-end Zin for a medium price.
January 3, 2010 - Enjoyed the wine with crown roast pork
December 20, 2009 - Dark between ruby and crimson. Appreciable nose of fields of cherries and blackberry jam. I popped and poured this time, and found it a little bit unfocused. Nevertheless, you get a bang for your buck right from the entrance, with a muster of nice strawberry jam, then dark fruits, black currant and blackberry jam, then darker, some tar flavors towards the end, lots of black pepper on the finish. Great intensity of fruit, which is what I call "a bang for your buck", full bodied and velvety, but then, also alcoholic. That throws some of the flavors every which way. I'm not complaining.