A classic Zinfandel emerges from a vineyard in St. Helena, the 2008 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard. As always, the 2008 is a prodigious effort. Dramatically better than the 2007, 2006, or 2005, it reveals a dense purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of pure black raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs, and pepper. Dense, with massive body and flavor concentration yet silky tannin and well-integrated spice, acidity, and alcohol...
Full red-ruby. Brooding nose hints at chocolate and spices; rather syrah-like today. Then chewy, chocolatey and concentrated but a bit youthfully clenched, hinting at fresher blackberry and violet qualities as it opens in the glass. A rather clenched version of Hayne, finishing with big, broad, youthfully tough tannins. Did I catch this at an awkward stage?