Groundwater from abundant spring rains sustained the vines through a mild summer. From mid September to mid-October, the individual parcels on this exceptional site were harvested as each ripened. During the natural-yeast fermentation, color developed more quickly than usual—but so did tannin. Though we limited the time the grapes were submerged, and cut back on juice circulation, the structure was more reminiscent of cabernet than zinfandel. Most of the petite sirah blocks—which would have added...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines84% Zinfandel; 12% Carignane; 4% Petite Sirah. While relying on ripeness to no small degree, this attention-getting wine has plenty of fruit at its heart, and its generous measure of berries is enriched with elements of chocolate, cassis and a hint of loamy earth. It is moderately full-bodied with a thick, fleshy feel, yet for all of its considerable depth and intensity, it is neither heavy nor hot. Any near-term drinking will require accompanying foods of real substance, but, as we have so clear...
Wine SpectatorRating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04
Wine AdvocateRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate