Year in and year out, one of the most concentrated and spectacular Zinfandels produced in California emerges from the old vines St. Helena's Hayne Vineyard. The 1998 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard (16.4% alcohol) may not be quite as good as the nearly perfect examples from the past, but it is one of the vintage's superstars. Dense ruby/purple-colored, with a flamboyant nose of blackberries, cherries, kirsch, pepper, spice, and earth, this massive, chewy, full-throttle, hedonistic Zinfandel is exceptionally pure, with a finish that lasts for 35-40+ seconds. The emphasis is on super-ripe fruit, subtle dosages of new oak, and spectacular texture. It should drink well for at least a decade.
Good medium ruby-red. Aromatic, musky nose of raspberry, espresso, bitter chocolate and pepper. Sweet, fat and lush, with harmonious ripe acidity. Firmly minerally in the middle and broad on the back half, finishing with spice and licorice notes and a hint of exotic fruit. Finishes with noticeable wood tannins.
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