Joel Peterson makes this wine from a vineyard on Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena. In 2013, Dickerson is a fresh, open zin, yielding generous fruit in a cascade of blackberry, strawberry and red currant flavors. The texture is soft and clean if you open it now; the tannins gain prominence as it develops with air, the structure feeling harder, the fruit less accessible. Zinfandel is often best immediately on release, or more than ten years from the vintage, and this is a wine to go short or long; forget about it in the mid-term.
*One Star* With suggestions of cola and loamy soils in the nose that set it just slightly apart from its Sonoma siblings, the latest Dickerson bottling leads with a big burst of flashy, in-your-face fruit but is structured for age and conveys a fine sense of reserve. Its turn to last-minute roughness is entirely appropriate to its age, and its extreme fruity length is a sure sign that years of very positive growth lie ahead.
A 100% varietal wine, this offers a juiciness of red fruit that's deliciously inviting, surrounded by plenty of cinnamon and black pepper. Grippy and full bodied, it reins in its ripeness well, remaining structured and complex through a mineral-driven finish. (VB)
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