This supple and harmonious Zinfandel blend opens with pretty, toasty oak, leading to spicy wild berry, cherry jam, plum and raspberry flavors that remain sharply focused on the long, lively finish
This wine (a blend of 75% Zinfandel, 17% Carignan, 6% Petite Sirah, and 2% Mataro) tips the scales at 14.9% alcohol. In spite of the hefty alcohol content, it is an exceptionally elegant wine, with sweet, black raspberry and cherry fruit, medium body, and a dry, crisp, lightly tannic finish. This wine could easily pass for a high class, mid-weight 1995 red Burgundy. As the wine sits in the mouth, its glycerin and multi-layered texture are very appealing. This is an excellent, nearly outstanding Zinfandel that possesses a certain firmness and structured feel (particularly when compared to the 1995s, 1994s, and 1993s).
Moderately saturated ruby-red. Liqueur-like aromas of blackberry, licorice and caraway seed. Silky sweet, thick and concentrated; voluptuous and full. A powerful wine that manages to wear its alcohol gracefully. Rather gently styled for this bottling, with a looser structure and less grip than the best years. Finishes with even, rather fine tannins. Should offer substantial early pleasure.
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