The fabulous 2007 Zinfandel Dogtown, from the backwaters of Lodi, may be the finest Zinfandel I have ever tasted from Lodi. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of incense, blackberries, raspberries, pepper, and garrigue. Light on its feet for its size, with gorgeous concentration, and a long finish... As always, a mind-boggling array of Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs has been produced by the world’s premier Zinfandel specialist, Larry Turley. He deserves remarkable credit for his 'holy grail' quest to locate largely forgotten parcels of old Zinfandel vines, and preserve as many of these historic sites as possible. Like most Zinfandels, Turley’s are best drunk during their first 5-6 years of life, although in certain vintages, some wines can handle a decade worth of cellaring. However, the glory of Zinfandel is its youthful, exuberant, flamboyant, spicy, peppery, briery fruit. It will not achieve greater complexity or flavor dimension by extended cellaring. All of these Zinfandels come from dry-farmed vineyards, a majority of them being old head-pruned sites planted by Italian immigrants in the late 19th century. The wines are aged in 20% new French oak, and are bottled with little clarification. (RP)
Full medium ruby. Black pepper, bitter chocolate, coffee and roasted herbs on the nose. Dense, sweet and creamy, with a distinctly glyceral texture that carries through to the very long, ripely tannic finish. Very large-scaled Zinfandel. (ST)
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