Bright, deep ruby. Aromatic nose of cranberry, bitter chocolate and cracked pepper; superripe yet bright. Thick but utterly suave in the mouth, with intense, bright berry flavors of noteworthy complexity. 'A perfect example of a vineyard that benefitted from the cooler, later harvest,' notes Jordan. Finishes with dusty but even tannins and excellent length. This was strong in '98 as well. 92+ points. (ST)
I often notice a resiny/balsam wood character in Turley's Contra Costa offering. The 1999 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard (560 cases, 15.8% natural alcohol) is produced from 104-year old vines planted in pure sand. A wonderful expression of purity and sweetness, it offers sweet black cherry liqueur, strawberry, pepper, kirsch, raspberry, and spice aromas. I also detected a complex note of volatile acidity. Long, deep, intense, and well-textured, it will drink well for 7-8 years. (RP)
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