Rated this a 93 four years ago, and at that time I would say that was a very solid and correct rating. Four years later, this one has started to lose a little bit of ground. Not quite as verbose and youthful, starting to show a lot of tart but still quite juicy fruit, tart underripe raspberry and plum, raisin oatmeal cookie. Finishes dirty...earth / soil. Still seems like this is tannic, but perhaps it's just the tannin dropping out! I think this 11 won't hold nearly as long as the 08, but at rhis time this one drinks the best vs the 04 and 08. — 10 days ago
I love the character of this vintage. Leaner and more focused than the 2014, which is also a remarkable wine. Violets, wild raspberry, black truffle, vanilla, star anise and a hint of dark chocolate. Excellent staying power with forceful but not blunt or overbearing tannins. Broad mouthfeel, yet buoyant acidity. Very, very delicious and expressive. — 6 days ago
I waited too long to open this wine. It would have been better 2-3 years ago. Consumed on Crystal Symphony on our way to New Zealand. — 7 days ago
Bright minerality and mouth-watering acidity; exactly what I want out of a Riesling. The nose shows crisp pear, lime zest, crushed rock, and plastic pool toy. The mid-palate and finish are like lightning. This isn’t going to change your life and peel back layers of complexity, but this demonstrates how extremely clean and refreshing cool climate Riesling can be. — 18 days ago
Was almost sure that this one was done. However, after opening the cork and getting a whiff of this one, I became pretty excited. This one pours a maroon color into the glass. Nose of sweet plum and blackberry. Entry is sweet plums and dates. A small amount of tart underripe blackberry but this was not the primary note. Middle is rather full bodied, and was surprisingly complex. A little bit of pipe tobacco, a little bit of sweet milk chocolate. Finished with reasonable acidity, even a little bit of sweet toasted tannin. one of the handful of Texas reds that I would buy again in a heartbeat. — 11 days ago
A gem from Becker. From the high plains of Texas. Ripe raspberries and floral notes. Very nice with steak. — 6 days ago
A beautiful color of ruby with a wide reddish rim.
Pretty nose of blueberries, currants, oak, light vanilla, wood, black licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, dust, alcohol, black pepper, leather, earth and spices.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Elegant with long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and red candy.
Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Zinfandel from Sonoma County, is drinking very nicely now, as a 4 year old. Showing great elegance with nice complexity and a beautiful nose. Great complexity on the nose.
Not a typical California Zinfandel at all. Much lighter than I expected from one.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and I would really recommend doing that, as it is a completely different wine, once open. I had this vintage a year ago and it was not there at all. So nice to see that it came back so nicely.
Will be better with age, and would be nice to revisit it in the next 3 to 5 years.
Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Only 55 cases produced. (this is bottle number 600).
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses, nuts and olives.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
$32. — 2 days ago
Ok. Not the easiest vintage in SONOMA. You’d never know it. Seamless, complex aromas of sweet tobacco and blackberry and herb and soil. Started with a little oxidation but woke up to deliver its message of power Zin. — 4 hours ago