PnP through Nuance Wine Finer. Red fruit and spice on the nose. Not a super big zin. Lighter mouthfeel, with fairly well balanced juicy dark fruit, some smoke, some spice. Wonderful by alone. 89+ pts. Aloha!
Light and fruity. Smoothed out nicely in the decanter over an hour or two going from extremely ripe fruit with a bite, to just mouth watering juicy with a smokey oaky finish. Not nearly as rich, dark and heavy as the 2008 vintage.
We're not big Zin drinkers any more here at Chez Lyon so take this with a grain of sugar... While not truly "smash mouth" like some big hitter Zins, this is still pretty big, alcoholic, ripe, and has either pretty good glycerin content or a trace residual sugar. The fruit IS forward, left, right and backward. Blackberry syrup, plum, with a hint of pepper. Might integrate a bit over the next year and hold for 2-3 more. Dang good for $14.