The sensational, rich, full-bodied 2012 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is one of the most concentrated, expressive and exuberant of these 2012 Zins.
Like the Dragon, the 2012 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge (also from Howell Mountain) comes across a bit light in this vintage. Dark red cherries, plums, mint, licorice and anise all meld together in the glass. Floral and spice notes emerge over time, adding depth and complexity in this crystalline, nicely balanced Zinfandel. I find a little more depth in the Rattlesnake than the Dragon.
(15.1% alcohol; from a cool, high-altitude site, at nearly 2,600 feet): Good dark red. High-toned perfume of blackberry, mocha, coffee, wild herbs, licorice and pepper. Dense and juicy in the mouth, with lovely aromatic lift and energy to the red berry and spice flavors. Finishes with big, chewy, slightly drying tannins that call for a couple years of patience.
Floral raspberry and mineral aromas lead to soft and voluptuous flavors in this Zin, which comes up short on power, but remains very fruit-forward and easy to drink. Drink now through 2018.
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