Dark ruby, garnet edged. Plummy nose with thyme, dill and vanilla notes. Acids a little bit forward, not sour though. Plenty of plum and cherry fruit, and a great match for our potato-borlotti bean soup tonight. A good showing for a 20 year old zin. Another '89 that lasted well. Decent finish. Bottle #3 of three.
Yummy stuff. Bottle in great condition, into neck fill, whole and supple cork, just a bit of bricking at the rim. This is surprisingly closed up at first, and very tannic, but with air it reveals lots of chocolate, spice, mint/herbs and hearty, plummy fruit. Really more like a Merlot or a P.S. (and there's a good dollop of P.S. in this) than a Zin at this stage in its life. Not at risk of decline.
13.7% ABV – 85% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah – tasted on 06/18/09 at GWT #7 One of two wines tasted on this night and a solid Napa Zin. Subdued garnet color with shades of muddy orange evenly throughout the bowl, this bottle was opened and aerated with a Vinturi into a decanter. A bit of mustiness and a slight cork smell initially, which blew off within 30min. Undertones of raisins in the palate and a short finish with some alcohol heat, but not overbearing. At 1hr, the palate is balanced but tart, with most of the heat subdued and a full mouth feel appearing at 15seconds. Truly a sophisticated profile with the finish becoming longer although with a somewhat muted nose at 90min+. A solid performer at 88 and 20yrs from the vine; possibly a point or so higher depending on individual preference.
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