A very enjoyable Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California.
Showing dark berries with earth, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, graphite, dark coffee, tobacco and beef jerky.
A long tangy finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.
This still has 5 to 10 years in it.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show tannins. Wasn't that great right out of the bottle, so be patient.
A blend of 79% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah and 3% Carignan. All from Dry Creek Valley. Aged for 13 months in American oak barrels.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 2 days ago
Until last weekend, I had resisted the temptation to open any of the single vineyard pinots from Rivers Marie ever since joining the mailing list several years ago. Patience was rewarded. It was layered and complex with notes of strawberries, orange peel, earth, and more. Maybe a bit rich, but what a pleasure. — 15 days ago
CAVU Rose from Barbera and an album which needs@no description. Washington State Barbera is pretty amazing. This has beautiful acidity & positively shimmers once it opens up a bit. Juicy and invigorating all at once. I’ll definitely be revisiting this and their traditional Barbera bottling. This feels great to drink with an all to familiar soundtrack, everything seems to be spring. — 18 days ago
Definitely still in its drinking window, As is often said to be the case with older zin & zin blends, however, it’s more like a claret than a zinfandel. Subdued fruit notes are woven with earth, button mushroom, and black tea, atop silky smooth tannins. Just a wisp of spice on the close. A nice way to start off a few 25th anniversary year wines. — 6 days ago
Deep, round, and smooth, but with a bright hint of acidity around the edges. Not quite leather, not really spicy, but with a woodiness that might hint at nutmeg, I suppose, I’m the right frame of mind. Thinned out, ever so slightly, over the course of a long evening. — a day ago
Oh, Yes. The hype is worth it - rather than giving a laundry list of descriptors, I’ll just say this wine has perfect integration between expressive fruit, floral & herbal aromatics, a good earthy base, and a phenomenal, lengthy finish. Fantastic structure and one of the best California red wines you can get. — 6 days ago
84% Syrah with some Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier. 50% whole cluster, neutrally oak. Straight up cool climate Syrah character, even with the G&M. Brambles and dark berries. Savory characters and spiciness hit the palate first. A slight citrus acidity (cool climate Grenache my guess) comes through, white pepper, olive tapenade, tart red and blue fruit. Quite lovely - wishing for just a tad more mid-palate to round it out a bit, but a pretty wine that should be intriguing with age. — 7 days ago
A delicious and earthy Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley. Showing black fruits, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolate, black pepper, peppercorn, spices, green vegetables and wet leaves.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry and fruity with lots of earth notes on the nose.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, as it wasn't good right out of the bottle, so give it time.
Good by itself or with food. I enjoyed it all by itself. This 6 year old is very tasty now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.
100% organic Zinfandel grapes. Aged for 12 months in Oak barrels. Bottled January 2015.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 17 days ago
This ultra superb '95 Ridge Montebello puts just about every older vintage Napa cabernet to shame with highly complex aromas and flavors of blackberry , fig , scorched earth, violets , cedar and nutmeg on the nose... followed by a perplexing array of red and dark berry, cinnamon, and lavender tea flavors on the palate. This delivered that Wow factor you would expect from a World Class iconic wine. Better than the 2000 and 2003 Montebellos. Its true they say to wait 20-25 years to pop open one of these in most years. Just remember to use a prong style opener rather than a corkscrew on a vintage wine to avoid the cork crumbling into your bottle. — 5 days ago