Deep, dark ruby. Nothing cloudy or "frizzant" about my bottle, unlike what Guitarguy reported - this is clean. Very reticent, at first and, as this was a PNP, I was disappointed with the first glass and would have rated about 85-86. After 30 - 60 minutes this really started to open up and the 1/5 of the bottle left overnight on the counter with the cork in is lovely zin - typical large-scale briary, blackberry fruit, nice mouthfeel (not too jammy), a touch of heat at the finish but not much. Very solid zin, but - especially if pulling out of a 60 degree cellar - give it a little air and get it up to 65-70.
This wine suffered in comparison to the 2006 Dogtown zin we drank a few days earlier. The Juvenile had less structure and complexity, although that I suppose is its nature. Nevertheless it was a good bottle of wine especially with braised short ribs. And definite a good value.
Still frizzant but add some cloudiness to the wine as well. Something's cooking inside this wine, drink soon. Not too much to distinguish this wine, some fading, bright red fruit, that's about all folks. I'm beginning to feel Juveniles need to be drunk within 3-4 years of vintage.
Still with loads of dark bramble fruits, this deep ruby Juvenile bottling remains youthful in appearance, on the nose and on the palate. Blackberries and boysenberries are accented with pickling spice, black pepper and loamy earth. Full-bodied, fresh and with soft residual tannins, it stays solid in the middle. Somehow, the wine's 15.5% alcohol is barely noticeable and shows no heat at a serving temperature of 60-65° F. Closing with a medium-length finish, this is a "restrained" Zinfandel which has developed finesse with short-term cellaring. Drink now-2016.
So good. Bright, engaging purple fruit. Acidity gives it balance. I think this vintage is my favorite Juvenile to date and I've had '02-'12 versions. This was my last bottle but went out with a bang. A QPR legend. Slight magenta hue in the glass, some minerality to act as foil to the fruit. Hangs together very nicely. Would say it can hold another 2-3 years but no need to wait.
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