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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine & Spirits
Region: Sonoma County, California
Item no. 97750
The wine was aged for 12 months in 18% new French oak and the remaining 82% in older oak barrels. Every three months we racked the wine out of barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. Although we added just a bit of Petite Syrah from the vineyard when "topping" the barrels, we decided the wine was perfect as it was when we were having our blending trials. Therefore, no additional lots were blended in, resulting in a wine that was 100% from the Todd Brothers Ranch, and 99% Zinfandel. We feel this wine should easily improve with ten or more years of bottle age.
Purple-black. Intense black current, blackberry, chocolate, anise, and roasted coffee.
Lush and balanced, with complex flavors of blackberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit, followed by chocolate, coffee, and clove spice. Sweet, intense, complex finish.
There's bracing tension in this serious young zin, layers of black raspberry, licorice and red apple intensity that lasts for minutes after each sip. The texture is generous and broad, the brisk fruit feels lovely. A great vintage from these 50-year-old vines.
Youthful purple hue. Vibrant, forward aromas of cherry, clove, glove leather and anise. Ripe kirsch and chocolate flavors with well-integrated tannins. Full, expressive finish packed with cherry fruit and a lingering, peppery nuance.