92 Points, Exceptional - Christopher Sawyer, "Sommelier to the Stars"
WOW! Nearly 60-year-old vine GNARLY hillside Zinfandel from a tiny parcel in the warm, rocky, pristine Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. A splash of Petite Sirah for structure, and BOOM! Takes a Zinfandel to another level. Inky, energetic... and there's really nothing quite like it!
Juice explodes out right of the glass with aromas of black cherry jam, boysenberry, raspberry, interlace with hints of baking spice, espresso bean, and toasted nut. On the palate ripe and juicy flavors of dark cherry, huckleberry and raspberry are perfectly integrated with notes of spice, dark chocolate, and a kiss of American oak. Elegant and complex capturing the character of old vines in every sip. If you're planning a BBQ, grilling a burger, ordering pizza - you NEED this wine.
Happiest when paired with Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers, Spicy BBQ Ribs, Leg of lamb, Eggplant Parmesan, or your favorite big juicy steak.
WINEMAKER: Michael Quinn
VARIETAL: 91% Zinfandel / 9% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Deep garnet-purple in color, with notes of crushed blueberries, ripe, fresh blackberries and warm cassis plus hints of cherries, black olives, currants and a touch of black pepper. The full-bodied palate is chock full of crunchy black fruits, framed by ripe chewy tannins.
Aromas of fresh peach, Asian pear, citrus, and honeycomb to delight your senses. The flavors are just as complex with hints of Madagascar vanilla followed by fresh lemon, green apple, wildflower honey, stone fruit, and a touch of lavender. The rich, dense texture is balanced by its juicy acidity, leading to great minerality and a long, satisfying finish.
94 Points, Editors' Choice
Bold and berrylike, full-bodied and saturated with jammy blackberry and raspberry that coat the palate and give a luscious ripeness that keeps on giving. Notes of stewed plums, Morello cherries and raspberry pie and spice, wild thyme and hoisin. The palate is laden with red and black berry layers, supported by chewy tannins.