We took this to Deflina Pizzeria in Pac Heights, SF and paid corkage. This is developing extremely well, and it opened up nicely throughout dinner. Delicious cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit with great structure and an excellent finish. Fascinating wine that everyone at the table loved. Perfect for Italian-inspired cuisine. 93-94.
An outstanding zin, but as third third in a series of wines with dinner for eight, probably did not get the attention it merited. Probably should have begun with this, rather than the two shirazes, but, you know: so much wine, so little time. Would certainly seek this out. Brighter, redder fruit than I expect from a zin. At 14.8%, the alcohol is just noticeable, but overall the balance is right. Could go a few more years, but drinking pretty well now.
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