This is big, broad and bold. Hundred percent cab aged in seventy-five percent new French Oak. Limited production to just over two hundred cases.
Visibly the wine is a deep ruby color with a tight rim.
The nose is intense with dark fruit, cassis, coffee, dark chocolate, but also earthy humid forest aromas.
The mouthfeel is luxurious and enveloping with the perfectly ripe dark fruit, just a touch of dried spices, vanilla, oak, and a long savory earthy finish. The wine is dry, full bodied, ultra smooth with round but persistent tannings with medium plus alcohol and medium acidity.
It’s extremely surprising to me how approachable the wine is at release. Although, I may know the reason: the cave wine making and cellaring facilities at Porter; I can certainly feel the humidity of the caves in the wine. Praying I can keep my hands off my other couple of bottles for the next 5-10 years, just to see how much better the wine will be then. — a day ago
WOW - what a fantastic Zin- so smooth- will definitely seek out the meed ranch again soon — 22 days ago
Crushed peak season strawberries, rhubarb, sour cherries, pink peppercorn, violets, hibiscus, chalk. Incredibly drinkable, crushable, smashable. This wine makes me feel cool. I want to get drunk off of this wine - will always buy a bottle whenever I see one. — 6 days ago
Not much decanting … big bold and with a good balance. — 15 days ago
Extremely smooth and velvety. Would highly recommend. Full bodied but still felt light on the palate. — a month ago
100 days of skin contact sounds almost biblical, but it hits the Goldilock’s “just right” spot just right when it comes to orange wine—in this case Sauvignon Blanc.
Mango, mandarin orange, grapefruit pith, saffron and tumeric with a real salinity - and touch of volcanic earth (pine mountain soils) - on the nose and finish.
When I visited the winery (based in east Oakland), Brett mentioned that a couple of months into the maceration “experiment” the ferment started smelling really funky, but then once day 90 arrived the really funky stuff faded and the wine got pretty. I’d agree; this is a really pretty, very distinctive and texturally exciting wine. — 22 days ago