Young, but all the components are there now (and will heighten). It’s odd to say this “only” has 14%ABV, but it’s so refreshing to have a zin that isn’t pushing 15-17%. Smoked bacon fat, black cherries, lingonberries, ripe blackberries, and peppercorn aromatics. Wonderful acidity! Love zin with a good acidic backbone. Structure is very solid. Tart mixed berry pie, and added herbal spice at the finish. Neither light nor dense...balanced. Not jammy and definitely not flabby.
Excellent Sonoma zin. This is now the second zin I’ve had from this producer and both have been very good. Thank you for this, @Jack Thompson ! — 7 days ago
I’m revisiting this after about a. Year and it does not disappoint. This is the last of my 2015’s. Flavors of Dr. Pepper and dried cherries. It is very fruit forward if that is your thing. It is a very a dark purple on the poor. It went perfectly with the prime New York strip I paired it with. If you see any 2015’s, grab them. Looking forward to checking out the 2016 vintage. — 14 hours ago
This is a very sophisticated Zin. Sophisticated as in raised-on-classical-but-moved-to-big-city-and-got-into-BillieEilish-but-go- waltzing-for-fun way. Shall I be textbook? Let’s.
Eye: medium ruby red thick big ol’ tears
Nose: leaps out! Licorice red/blue/black fruit but mostly like stewed dried cranberries and spice and vanilla bean
Tongue (mine) dry, medium acid, medium plush ripe tannins, high booze level (checking to see if I was correct)ohhhh 14.8! So yeah high abv.
Body is medium plus. Intensity medium plus. It’s all ripe and raisined purple plum, black cherries, blackberries and all of these fruits are dried and ripe plus a handful of blueberries and a slosh of vanilla bean liqueur and some allspice or even...velvet falernum. Finish is medium plus.
This is a Zin I want in my life forevs
— 9 days ago
Decanted for 1 hour. Red color with medium body. Mixed Berry blast on the fore palate. Finish morphed with time, astringent acid early in the bottle, smooth with black pepper spice at the end of the bottle. Conjured memories of our California trip - spent a few hours at Silverado sipping & tasting while we waited on the rental car - a great place to be stranded!! Amazing view! (Grilled steak rubbed with Brazilian seasonings, roasted fresh beet feta salad, sautéed asparagus - on the lanai) — 4 days ago
This is about as elegant and “French” style a Zin as one can get. Nose has rich but restrained blackberry, a Bordeaux like cedar note, cassis, maple or hickory syrup, and a crushed stone thing. Concentrated but tidily-structured. This has the understated structure and coiled nature to last quite a while. — 10 days ago
From 375. Gorgeous nose has lifted spicy blackberry, a note of warm, moist gravel, and wood smoke. Still youthfully structured, but displaying great balance and very pure fruit and a nice, restrained minerally note. The finish is all brambly Zin. — 10 days ago