Decanted off just a bit of sediment. Cooked cherry color, not overly brown, with orange highlights. Very nice, cedary nose, with tobacco notes and good hard spices, and just a few plum notes. Ultra-smooth on the palate, with a medium-bodied texture, red fruits, and leathery flavors; just a bit of heat. Finishes very drily, with some grip but no tannins ahead of yeasty flavors. This wine has held up exceptionally well; it's by no means over the hill. Rather, it's actually noble in its old age. Wonderful.
Very nice older Zinfandel. Out of the bottle rather Chianti-ish and reserved with most of what you would expect with a younger Zin aged out. With time in the glass this blossoms with soil notes and red fruit depth. Long finish and nice acidity keep it together.
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