Maybe it is just our bottle but this is unexpectedly less than mediocre. (How's that for PC?) This bottle is acidic, decent fruit if you search for it hard enough, if you don't search it is non existent. We usually really like Marian's Reserve, my best thought for this would be that it would be just right tossed into a stew.
Nice, though perhaps a bit overpriced. Nose is oaky and reminiscent of baking spice with a hint of eucalyptus. On the palate this has medium + body, and is overall fairly balanced - nothing too jammy, just nice berry fruit and a pleasant, dry finish with good length.
Here I go drinking a wine too soon again. Last wine of night, following a lineup of mostly Rhone blends. Delicious fruit in this on a brawny (but not obese) frame with noticeable oak. Feels primary, like a few doors are closed somewhere within. This will continue to develop - I need to let these Zinfandels go.
The first smell and sip are a shock to the senses in a good way. A bit of a kick in the mouth but lots of big flavor and good spice. After it opened, it's fruit forward w/ a little dried apricot on the nose. Tannins on the sides of the tongue, a little jammy in the middle and peppery on the finish. We enjoyed this but it would have been better with a heavier meal. All in all a good wine, similar to mazzoni home ranch from ridge. Enjoyed it a lot though and a good one to try if you like bigger wines.