Medium dark red color. Mostly a chocolate raspberry nose, with a bit of raisin, prune and a growing stamp of oak spices. On arrival, low tannin and medium-low acidity. Fruit is still here (raspberry, cherry, dried and fresh each) but are succumbing to time's reduction in freshness. The original balance with oak is gone, and this bottle has swung towards a more forward heavy oak effect and a more oxidized fruit basket hidden behind. Not really my preference in aged zinfandel. Drink now - don't wait - to experience something close to its original charm. Bottle #6 of six.
This is a beautiful zin. I had no idea a zin would last 8 years, but this wine is still strong and elegant and has the perfect amount of spice that a great zin offers. Right out of the bottle without decanting this wine is smooth and drinkable. I'd say there is one more year left on this wine, but I would drink now.
a really good zinfandel. Ruby in color that looked much younger. impeccably balanced wine with fruit, spicy pepper, oak and tannins coming together beautifully. this is one of those times when i wish i had the foresight to buy a whole bunch, but alas it was a one off.
Dark red, some purple. Ripe nose, some prune and plum with cocoa, overlain with significant oak. Medium acid, medium tannin. The oak is a strong flavoring here and yet the super-ripe fruit and structure is up to carrying it. Matched well with dinner of Ina Garten's spicy lentil-sausage soup and white raisin-arugula salad. Tons of fruit on the palate, and the finish accents the spine of acids and tannin. Everything is in balance, very big too, but harmonious. Bottle #5 of six.
More subtle than the '07 Turley Earthquake also opened tonight. Perhaps this has a broader appeal....more refined, more subtle. Great finish with some residual tannins and just the slightest bit of heat. The heat seems to be a matter of relativity. If the fruit packed a bigger punch, I wouldn't notice it. In any event, while I enjoyed this, the Turley wins hands-down tonight.
It's been a few years since I've tried both this and the "normal" Los Chamizal bottling. True to form, the Rocky Terrace continues to outperform its sibling.
This continues to develop in an elegant way, and may have shed just a bit of fruit since the last time around in 2008. A gorgeous nose, pure Zin typicity with a nice hint of brambles rounding off the package. On the palate, it continues to be balanced, with some acidity to balance the fruit, and some lingering tannins (which could be a function of improper bottle prep - these just came from offsite and seem to be throwing some fine particles). Initially on opening is just a tad tight, making me wonder if I had overshot the drinking window. I don't think so, given the way it opened up over 15 minutes. That said, I wouldn't need to wait any longer on these bottles.
Update: I was a bit wrong about this, as it only gets better 8 hours later. Richer, more mellow. Any acidity and tannins, folded in. What does start to show through, with as much improvement as is evident, is a touch of heat on the backend. Just a touch, but knocks my late night score down a point to 93.
Medium ruby. Effusively fruity nose of raspberry and very ripe cherry, some notes of chocolate and wood. Silky, balanced to the low acid and lively side in the mouth, low tannin but not thin. Flavors favor very ripe cherry and chocolate, not prune-y or raisin-y at all, though clearly influenced by zinfandel's uneven in-bunch ripening pattern. Finishes long and rich, I think it's in the peak window for enjoyment. Bottle #4 of 6.
Beautiful well rounded flavor on palate and finish. This Zin is not too heavy in tannins. Still nice fruit forward on nose and very pleasant. Nice dark purple color. A true winner. I love this wine !!!
Exactly what I hope for with Zinfandel. Delicious, balanced, just overall a really enjoyable wine. Made the Rombauer Zin I had a week later taste like garbage (which it was, Hawaiian Punch meets Robitussin).
Deep intense almost inky color with aromas that remind me of berries and grilling. Berries on the palate with layers of berries, vanilla and some earthiness. A lush complex long finisher for a pleasing experience.
Could be the best Zinfandel I've had. Compared to the straight Los Chamizal, the Rocky Terrace is more complex. Richer on the nose, more layered and rich on the palate. The regular bottling is the better QPR, but this one is the better of the two. This is my first exposure to Haywood. I really enjoy the style, which is a throwback to the way wine used to be made. Can't remember the last time I had a 14.5% Zin! Unlike some of the recent Zins I've had, there is no "too hot, too heavy, too much" in this wine. Nicely balanced in an elegant style.