• jstrovel@gmail.com Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 25, 2021 - It has gotten to a good place now. A burst of red fruit. I taste cherry and/or raspberry. A good every day drinker.

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  • td1836 Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 29, 2021 - Really good in this vintage. Raspberry, blackberry, well balanced. It tastes young and will develop i’m sure.

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  • Neecies Likes this wine:

    September 27, 2021 - Beautifully perfumed nose with bright boysenberry fruit and spice. Uncommonly balanced and graceful--really, everything I want and hope for from this grape. Also in my top three.

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  • Janstan Likes this wine: 88 points

    September 6, 2021 - Not as robust as I expected, perhaps it was the heft of the competition that night

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  • JohnMcIlwain Likes this wine:

    August 30, 2021 - I’ll confess to not remembering the last time I drank a young Zinfandel (maybe Sky Zinfandel a few years ago?), but it’s been a minute. And despite having a few bottles of Bedrock Evangelho, I’ve been remiss in checking in on the Old Wine Zinfandel. But a wonderful bottle of 1987 Ravenswood enjoyed with a colleague and a chance sighting of the 2018 reminded me that I probably could use more dry-farmed California heritage wines at the table. Served at cellar temperature. The robe is a dark ruby, rather than inky purple and translucent to the meniscus. The nose is brambly and red-fruited, with notes of game, spice, and black raspberry seed. The palate is concentrated—but by no means over-extracted or roasted—with a fine thrust of plummy red fruit, wild hedge fruit, and despite it being “entry level,” there’s plenty of deep earth and soil tone to maintain interest. There’s fine acidity and certainly some tannins, which keep things ‘upright.’ And while there’s a bit of discernible wood here (nothing overt, dear reader), this carries itself with aplomb despite the ripeness of the vintage. Terrific with binchotan-grilled lamb loin chops from Dickson's and a sautée of corn and chanterelles; it certainly stood up to the grass-fed lamb, while not overwhelming the corn and wild mushroom. This is a lovely bottle and worth the tariff. And structurally, I can see this gaining complexity and interest with 7-12 years in the cellar. Re-buy? Sure, there’s a plenty of interest here, but I’d certainly advocate for serving at cellar temp and allowing the wine to open up. Also, it bears mentioning, this is a real bargain. Not “cheap,” but an excellent value. Well worth seeking out.

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  • beersandvinesbythecreek Likes this wine:

    August 6, 2021 - Still one of the best bangs for the buck out there.

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  • Bozekt wrote: 90 points

    July 31, 2021 - Deep ruby to purple, moderate plus staining. Nose of ripe blackberries, boysenberry, violets, and peach. Silky palate confirms nose with subtle oatmeal cookie notes. Dry, moderate tannin, acidity is med plus, ABV med plus, med plus body. A very elegant yet textbook California zin. I always have a bottle of this on hand!

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  • Laz4wine Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 31, 2021 - No formal note but similar impressions to recent favorable reviews and professionals.

  • Old Joe Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 6, 2021 - A rather smooth Zin with a notable finish

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  • ocassiuso Likes this wine:

    June 30, 2021 - Medium ruby, not perfectly transparent. Elevated aromatic intensity, including some volatility. A piney aroma, smoke, earth, dark fruit. Dry, elevated acidity, moderate drying tannins, medium bodied, 14.4°. Moderated concentration of fruit and spice — not an in-your-face zin — Might benefit from a little time in the cellar. Homespun but not simple?

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