The 2011 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard is surprisingly soft and supple for a wine from this historic hillside vineyard. The dark, charred, mineral-laden notes that are typical of this site are present, but very much in the background today. The 2011 surprises for its juiciness, which nearly covers the mountain tannins. Blue and black fruits, cloves, violets and camphor add complexity on the plush, inviting finish. The 2011 appears to have at least good mid-term aging potential. It is yet another standout in a portfolio full of highlights. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. (AG)
Saturated ruby. Displays assertive aromas of black and blue fruit liqueur, anise, potpourri and peppery spices. Plush, palate-coating boysenberry and cassis flavors of outstanding density and energy are complemented by suggestions of candied lavender, vanilla and allspice. Silky tannins make a late appearance and are quickly absorbed by the wine's intensely concentrated fruit. This one won't let go of the the palate. According to Officer these vines are 125 years old. (ST)
***Highly Recommended*** A complete package, with deep and distinctive fruit and a focused core of balanced acidity and tannins. Aromas of dark cherry, spice cake and clay lead to layered plum, cinnamon and fennel flavors. Drink now through 2022. (TF)
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