A barrel sample of the 2004 Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard reveals impressive density and a more serious, rugged constitution with abundant fruit, glycerin, power, and structure. It will benefit from a year of bottle age, and drink well for 7-8 years, possibly longer. (RP)
Rich as sin, the '04 Rockpile Zin got enormously ripe but has been fermented to dryness, at the cost of very high alcohol. The flavors are a wonder. It's all about chocolate, crème de cassis, anisette, and the most wonderfully rich, spicy buttery, toasty vanilla bean.
The increasingly familiar family brand of extreme ripeness is once again plainly evident here, but while evoking chocolate, caramel and vanilla to spare, the wine surprises with plenty of genuine fruit. Very full-bodied and a long way from polished, it coarsens and heats up at the finish, yet, its nominal tannins and high alcohol notwithstanding, it tenaciously hangs on to its themes of rich oak and blackberry fruit and should benefit from three or four years of time in the cellar.
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