37th Annual Zinfandel Retrospective (R&D's): Purple ruby color. Opens with floral notes followed by cherry, grapey dark fruit and minerals. Adds a nice peppery note as it opens. Flavors of blue fruit, boysenberry, cherry and pepper. Finishes with plenty of fruit and good length. 92+ pts.
Decided to check in on this wine, and it really hasn't budged since first trying it early this year. The nose is expressive with rich high-toned black fruit and evergreen, but the palate remains rather tight. It's enjoyable now, especially with food, but I'd prefer to wait until it unwinds a bit more before opening another, say, another year or even two. The blend is 25% petite sirah, and that firm 2010 PS fruit from the LS estate really seems to be holding this one back. Some patience is required.
Finishing up the last half of the bottle from two nights ago, and this has really held up well and even improved. Black cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, violets and blueberry jam on the nose. Flavors of black raspberry, chocolate-covered cherries, white pepper and blueberry. There's an elegance to the finish that I really love, lingering for well over a minute. A fantastic vintage for this wine.
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