2004s around the world: Garnet around the edges. Very ripe fruit, fresh baked goods, and baking chocolate; cherry pit. Paper and coffee notes linger. Past peak. Still enjoyable but not for long. Drink now.
Decanted little over an hour to allow sediment separation (wasn't much) before taking it out to dinner. Still drank very nice, with some of the usual zin punch a bit more subdued allowing the peppery, dried fruit undertones to stand out. Group loved it and at $38 a great value, but would drink now if you have any left.
Drinking an old Zin is a complex experience. The fruit and vibrance have faded and been replaced by layers and layers of nuance. This wine was at its peak a couple of years ago, yet in some ways the essence of mushrooms, oak and earth coupled with the still strong cherry and strawberry fruit make this an unexpectedly good experience. The wine paired perfectly with a mushroom ragout over pasta.
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(Turley Dogtown Zinfandel) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-little orange zest (unusual for a ZIN), very tight, hint of cherry cola; TASTE-young & is a little too sugarfied jam (kind of fake), one dimensional fruit bomb; RP-87/89; GV-87
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