This was a phenomenal wine. Just really opened up after one hour to a really rich, but not at all "jammy" flavor (which I do not like), but elegant wine. It was so balanced and elegant that I would have not thought it to be a Zin.
Started off pretty closed, but after about 45 minutes of swirling in the glass, the wine started to give up classic aromas of bright zin fruit and spice. (As usual, the last glass was the best.) While not nearly as gregarious as the 2012 at this time, this 2011 seems to have a longer life ahead of it and is, to me, the superior wine. It is rich, with good tannic structure and mouth-watering acidity. An excellent example of a ripe but firm, cool vintage zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley, one that I think will age beautifully for a good 6-8 years. I only wish I had bought more. (91-92)
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