Quick take here - Quite a well made wine from what was probably a severe fruit selection. Lightly tarry and smoky Syrah with a clean, pure core of juicy black fruit to bring it into balance. Shows delicate length with subtle tea notes very very late on the finish. Very good balance right now but still a bit youthful, lay down for maybe 2 to 3 years to really get into it's drinking window. Love this winery.
I've tasted seventeen vintages of this wine to count, so I know it well. This 2012 version shows much of the remarkably consistent flavor Ted imparts on this his largest bottling, with some 2012 twists of for instance showing an abundance of dry tannin early, not abating much after a 3 hour decant. It does show juicy black raspberry and strawberry fruit though, with increasing purity upon aeration. Oak treatment is significant, but structured in a way that should integrate well. Should be in the window by holidays 2014. This is a benchmark standard of Sonoma Zinfandel year in and out.
A much different wine than the 2008 and 2009, both of which were fleshy and opulent straight from release. This wine follows the 2010 Napa Valley vintage characteristics of density and tightly wound.
Upon opening, it shows a shy nose, with tannin obscuring the underlying fruit. After aeration though, the tannins recede a bit and it opens up, revealing a delicious, pure core of cherry, kirsch, anise, sage, and a touch of earth. The purity is the main focus here, because on the finish the tannin rides back in to clip it slightly.
Again, this is a different wine from the open-knit and showy 2008 and 2009. The 2010 bottling is built much more for the longer haul, and it's pretty tight at this point. It will undoubtedly outlast its earlier siblings in the cellar, it's just not as quick out of the gate as those two. Try again in 3-4 years.