The nose is clean, medium, and shows much fruit with a touch of unintegrated oak (I would guess chips).
Palate is would guess is slightly off-dry, medium acidity, I don't feel its alcohol so it holds it well. Body is medium, flavor intensity is medium as well. Flavor characteristics are fruit with some spice, spice is a bit stalky, length is short.
Big shift this vintage -- doesn't display Napa as the appellation let alone even California. The back makes reference to Lodi and I am told its pure Lodi this year.
Holds the style of Nine North -- big, not sloppy, a bit chunky in its youth with the tannins being a touch higher than the fruit. But I kinda like this style. Seems like 9 North makes nice agers with cheaper fruit. So this fits my expectations of them.
But the wine -- has Zinfandel's blue and black fruit, doesn't have much spice. I would guess its got some chips or planks giving it cardomom and cedar note on the back. Very youthful right of the cork pull, needs a bit of time to broaden out.
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