The 2014 Zinfandel Estate is primarily Zinfandel, but there are other grapes in this mixed black field blend, including Peloursin, Négrette, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignan. This is a sensational Zinfandel, with an explosive nose of pepper, raw meat, blackberry, black raspberry and cherry. Deep, chewy and dense, it finishes at 14.8% natural alcohol... The owners of the well-known Marietta Cellars, the Bilbro family, have taken this once-moribund producer, Limerick Lane, and resurrected it to impressive heights of quality. This estate always had some fabulous terroirs spread among their 30 acres of relatively old-vine mixed black blends, dominated by Zinfandel and, to a certain extent, Syrah. They started with a difficult challenge, the 2011 harvest, but brothers Jake and Scott Bilbro hit pay dirt and have continued to build on that success with fabulous wines in 2012, 2013, and again with the following 2014s. (RP)
The 2014 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) is flat out delicious. Supple, silky and enveloping, the 2014 captures the full personality of this site. Succulent red cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and sweet pipe tobacco are front and center. This racy Zinfandel will drink well for the next 10-15 years, perhaps more. Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro have decided to concentrate on separate properties. Jake Bilbro is now overseeing Limerick Lane on his own, while Scot is focused on Marietta, the BIlbro family's first winery. As always, the Limerick Lane wines are potent, which may be a massive understatement. The vineyard is planted with a number of different varities, but this is Zinfandel country, so it is hardly a surprise the Zinfandel-based wines are the stars in this range. (AG)
Juicy and balanced in red and black berry, this is meaty, smoky and accessible wine, as complex and sultry as any of its vineyard or block-designates, yet softer and rounder, ready to play. A handful of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Peloursin and Negrette are included. (VB)
Distinctive violet, blueberry and raspberry aromas open to layered and expressive flavors of smoky beef, cracked pepper and dried sage. Drink now through 2024. (TF-WS Insider)
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