Funky for the first 20 minutes. But, then this one turned the corner and hit the throttle. This wine has an incredible nose: violets, spice cake, black fruit, raisins, cinnamon. Entry was full of black pepper, sweet plum, fruitcake, hint of candied bacon. Middle gains a dark chocolate, mocha, baking spice. Finishes dark, black pepper, sweet, still very youthful, full throttle, excellent acidity. I almost opened this a few hundred times but did manage to finally bury it in the collection until I actually sought it out and brought it home. I dare say that this one has a good 7 years left in it. Don't drink this one as a pop and pour. Decant at least 30 minutes and then enjoy it! I think it's in a really good spot right now, but I do believe that 1-2 years of additional bottle age will do this well. — 7 days ago
Very young powerful example of the varietal. Great concentration without being heavy. Beautiful acid line making the blue and black fruits reflect cranberry tones. Killer spice component and firm tannin holds everything together. This winery is batting 1000 with me. — a day ago
Beautiful balance. Not overripe with good line of acidity and and kind of a Stoney tannic grip. Black Cherry, tobacco, and good spice. Good now, but will be interested to check back with this one In a year or two. — 6 days ago
Monthly WTF wine group meet up. Theme was “bring something good”. All wines (minus the bubbles and SB) were tasted blind.
Crazy young, but fun to see the potential here. Quite spicy, nimble, yet the core of this wine has intense layers. Black peppercorn, rhubarb tart pie and underripe raspberries dominate the nose. Cedar, candied black cherries and blackberry fig on the palate. I called this Sonoma Zinfandel. Thanks, @Bill Makens . — 8 days ago
Needed some time to open up. Initial aromas were heavy oak and vanilla, but with time it transformed to a bit more muted, balanced flavor. Yes, the oak and vanilla and baking spice are present along with cherry, plum, and a nice smokey tobacco but it gives way to more nuanced flavors like medicinal green herbs. I think some age would do it well. — 9 days ago
Nose has blackberry liquor, mellow toasty oak, blueberry mash and light, ripe black cherry.
Palate has over-ripe blackberry, fresh black cherry, charred oak sawdust, dark chocolate powder, light anise and blueberry-black currant juice.
Tannins are mostly non-existent, perfect spot. WS had this pegged at a 2013-2018 drinking window, would have liked to try this a year ago, but we generally don't touch Zinfandel with less than 6-8+ years of bottle age, need mellowing time. Anyone holding this bottle, could do so easily until 2020-21. What a focused, sexy wine... — 25 days ago
Drinking really nicely. Light, elegant mouthfeel for a Zin. Hints of lavender on the nose and palate, with dried boysenberry, plum and cracked black pepper. — 8 days ago
Nice Zinfandel with strong black cherry and blackberry flavors. Really nice dinner wine. — 6 days ago
Dried cherries and raspberries, with crisp acidity, wood and minerals. This went really well with a few pieces of dark chocolate for dessert. — a year ago