Crimson in color. 15.9% ABV. Blueberry, loganberry, pepper and licorice on the nose. Rich, ripe and jammy. Full bodied and perfectly balanced. Blackberry, boysenberry, cocoa and white pepper on the palate. Soft tannins. A perfectly aged Zinfandel that is ready to drink now.
The cost me what? $24? This is an outstanding wine. Once again, I am reminded that if we are patient with well-made California wine, it can be truly outstanding. The red fruit is bright and clear. No rough edges, spice in the background. The fruit is sharper and seems sweet with no actual sugar. This does not have any of the components of older zins that many people liken to aged claret, but this is, after all, only barely 8 years old. I did not notice high alcohol while drinking and it was not hot on the palate, but after drinking about a third of the bottle, I began to feel the effects of the alcohol.
Pop and pour - note after 2.5 hours. Cherries and chocolate on the nose. Cherries and blueberries on the palate with some sweet tannins. This improved with some air - though I suspect it is at its peak.
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