Abundant blackberry fruit is overlain by an attractive veneer of dusty-earth spice in this bottling's deep and well-defined nose, and the complex flavors that follow are as deep and well-fruited as billed. Already showing a bit of polish that sets it apart from its unruly young cousins, it is composed and well-balanced wine whose keen varietal precision and clear potential for aging win it enthusiastic recommendation.
A rich, lusty and satisfying Zinfandel, showing classic varietal flavors of ripe, wild red berries, tobacco, soy sauce, bacon and white pepper. Alcohol is notable in the slight heat and glyceriney sweetness, but those elements are welcome parts of the wine's personality.
The 2009 Zinfandel East Bench is a big, burly wine loaded with dark cherries, flowers, tobacco and sweet herbs, all of which come together on a medium-bodied frame. It shows lovely length and personality, although some rough edges remain. With air, though, some of those angular contours begin to soften. (AG)
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