WIML90,WA89,WS88 Tasted September 14, 2005 at an offline at a restaurant so brief comments only. Opened and served immediately in Spiegelau Authenthis Magnum glasses. Purple to crimson in color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of dark fruits, crushed plums and spice. Dried cranberries, black berries and red licorice on the palate. Drink now. Recommended.
Tasted at horizontal 1999 zinfandel tasting at the Wine Bank. This was the clear standout among six wines. The color is opaque purple with a ruby rim. The nose (after 60 minutes of breathing) shows intense black fruit (blackberry and black plum) with moderate oak, cedar and exotic spices. The palate is almost syrup-like, with full body, huge extract and a sense of sweetness that is almost assuredly due to the high glycerin/alcohol effect rather than residual sugar. The tannins are ample but supple. The finish is long and relatively smooth for such a young wine. This is a beautifully constructed zinfandel which should drink best in approximately 1-2 years, then hold nicely for another 1-2 years.
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