37th Annual Zinfandel Retrospective (R&D's): At first the bouquet is slightly vegetal, but that blows off after a few minutes in the glass revealing dark fruit, meat, spice box and lavender. Dark berry fruit on the palate, along with pepper, spice and roasted game. Integrated and balanced with a lengthy finish. At peak IMO.
Deeply rich nose as expected. Fruit melted into the wood. Entry follows the nose. Very savoury tasty mouth with good weight and a fairly square profile. Decent spice on the finish with some fairly rough but in the background tannins. An interesting rosemary component with the backend spice.
Dark colour. Intense nose of black fruits - blackberrys, boysenberries, dark cherry etc. Also charred, smoky notes, fried bacon, some olives, tar and liquorice, followed by some herbal elements with rosemary, thyme and a hint of lemon. On the palate lots of sweet fruit, followed by quite powerfull tannins that dries out the palate a bit, but a nice acidity keeps it alive. Finishes sweet and long. Will take further cellaring, which might mellow the tannins some. The fruit is big enough to last a decade or more, but this is already very good and it won't hurt to open a bottle. Drink or hold.
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