Beautiful, beginning to brick, ruby red, starting salmon at rim. Brilliantly complex, etheric, deep and seductive cherry liqueur (in the best sense of the word) and tobacco nose. Great, vibrant, acid driven and glycerin-laden palate. Almost Bordeaux-like in it's red-fruited, dry, brambly, earthy, herbal, tobacco laden complexity. Deep, rich, long, superbly balanced, and delicious, this is what aged Draper Ridge wines are all about. Phenomenal with local, young, parmesan style cheese. Even better at the 2 hour mark. Will last for another decade at least, but at a perfect peak now. Bravo! 94 pts quality, 96 pts personal style preference.
A really nice example of what an aged Zin can be when made right. The bright acidity really stood out on this picking up the fruit and making a big overall impression of freshness. The fruit was still lively if not complex. I can't see any improvement coming with any more age though the acidity should help it hold for a while. Would be very good with dinner also. Very good.
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