37th Annual Zinfandel Retrospective (R&D's): Crimson color with some slight bricking. Notes of fig, roasted red currants and plum, potpourri, violets and lavender. Flavors of red fruit, florals, plum and dark fruit. Excellent.
w veal shoulder. Bart Hermsen and family visiting. This was superb! Just very good with fruit, spice and backbone. Good dark fruit. Worked very well. Long finish. Yummy and much better than i remember. This will live for at least 5 more years but it is in perfect spot now.
Cork as solid as a rock, never had a problem with a Ridge cork. Decanted for an hour. First impression is a smoky, almost peaty aroma, some dark briar fruit in there, classic zin spice and candied strawberries, and just a wee bit of alcohol heat on the nose - though this isn't perceptible on the palate. It smooths out a little with some time. The palate has a recognisable Zinfandel character, slightly compote-y and jammy but with some nice structure and roundness to the palate. The acidity and tannins are fully integrated, but there is some slight astringency on the back palate - though this is less noticeable when enjoyed with food. I'm glad I opened this now and didn't wait any longer. It's good to go.
As always, the back label notes nail it. This wine is at peak now if you value the fresh fruit quality that it now possesses. The tannins are fully resolved but it retains enough acidity to make it very food friendly. Consumed last night with roast shoulder of "wild boar," it displayed loads of blackberryish fruit. A trifle hot at first (served at cellar temp) it settled down nicely. I'll hang on to my remaining bottle for a few years to see if we get a bit of tertiary development as with Geezers past.
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