This was still a great Scott Harvey wine, but this is my least favorite of the InZin vintages I have had so far. It seemed a little tight and just not that well integrated. I love the addition of Port in the blend, but I don't this one has fully integrated yet. It definitely got better after being opened 2 or 3 days, but just isn't where it needs to be yet. I'm going to let these sit another year or two and they should be right where I like them. Will just give me some time to drink up the 07 and 08. If you do drink now, I would suggest decanting for at least an hour or two.
OK, this is a very interesting wine Scott Harvey has blended. Strictly speaking, it is not a Zin... Blend: 78% Zinfandel, 9% Syrah, 8% Barbera, 5% Mixed Port. So all you Zin Znobs, walk away. It is, however, a very drinkable wine. The addition of port smooths out the tongue and sweetens the taste. Good fruity start, a little peppery with a definite tannins finish. The port mellows it all out. The wine is still young, probably be better in a couple of years... but it will never last that long in our cellar!
Tight upon opening. Aromatically, hard to pull out anything specific. Deep dark burgundy coloring and clearly coated the glass. Ran through venturi which opened it up a bit with some dark cherry now on the nose. First sip was non-descript & warm/hot on the finish. 10 mins later the minimal port starts to show through both aromatically and taste. It has mellowed out, showing more full body with a distinc begin/middle/end. Tannins strong and need a bit longer to open up. Will decant remainder of bottle and celler the rest of the bottles for at least a year.