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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Spectator, 90 Wine & Spirits, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Sonoma County, California
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines
Item no. 88540
Cooler temperatures preserved this Zinfandel's juicy acidity and allowed for the grape tannins to mature on vine while infusing scents of cracked black pepper and heightening the Zin's briary, spicy essence. Fine, ripe tannins add a velvety richness seldom found in Zinfandel. Elegant richness, a broad mouth feel and a lingering minerality elicit typicity and point to superior grape growing. Savory purity of fruit with both aromas and flavors of blueberry and cherry - delicious with red sauces, pizza, barbecue, spicy cuisine and a variety of meats.
"Well-defined berryish fruit is the centerpiece in both the outgoing aromas and the full, fleshy flavors of this weighty effort, yet, for all of its volume and richness, it stays nicely on the varietal track with its background notes of dry spices and briar. It is youthfully exuberant and somewhat juicy in character, and it will be at its best in service with savory roasts of pork marinated in brine and basted with young port."