While the Russian River Valley is a cool-climate area, the vineyard sourcing for this wine is in a warmer, eastern part of the appellation. It's ultra-rich in berry, licorice and bacon flavors that are sweet in the middle palate, but finish with a dry scoure of tannins. Lovely now and over the next six years.
Bright ruby. Raspberry, blueberry and vanilla aromas are complicated by tobacco and dried flowers and lifted by a spicy element. Sweet and dense but lively, with energetic spicy cut and a vanillin oak nuance to the flavors of plum jam, blue fruits and licorice. A peppery, refreshingly bitter herbal note adds nerve to the long, smooth finish. I'd serve this with a spicy piece of grilled lamb or steak.
Teaming high-toned hints of cranberries with the more usual blackberry fruit of classic Zinfandel, this well-balanced wine is supple to start and increasingly firm as it crosses the palate. If arguably a touch tart and given to acidy stiffness at the finish, it is very much the unevolved youngster, and, given a couple of years of cellaring in which to grow into itself, it should emerge as a temperate, food-worthy Zin.
Rustic but zesty, with tart blueberry, cherry and herb aromas and briary flavors that show dill, jalapeño and pepper notes. Drink now through 2016.
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