(2014 Vintage) A mild winter brought February bud-break. Though there was some rainfall, the drought continued a third year, and warm summer weather prompted a fast-paced harvest. Twenty-six fermented lots were blind tasted for assemblage. Zinfandel yields were low, giving carignane and petite sirah greater prominence. Sensuous flavors support a rich tannin structure. This superb vintage will be enjoyable over the next 7-8 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesYou have to love the solidity that this still-developing wine exhibits. It has reached a near-perfect state, and its ripe berryish character and burgeoning complexity hints at the range reached by the 1973 Geyserville. Whether it will ever get to that exalted level is certainly open to question, but there is no question that this very solid Zinfandel is entering its second decade in very fine shape.