The Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful dusty raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and spice, with coffee and chocolate characters. Prolonged aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that complements nicely the explosive fruit notes. Enjoy this wine presently for its effusive black fruit, or cellar for 5 to 7 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesVery ripe in tone with dried grape and chocolate notes all over the place, this wine shows its hot weather origins on the palate where early flesh in its mouthfeel turns to soft, fairly open flavors that are bucked up by an odd bit of late-arriving acidity. Drink it up soon, if the wine strikes your fancy.
International Wine CellarMedium ruby. High-toned aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Dense and saline, with flavors of crushed dark berries and licorice. Superripe but not porty, with a creamy, old-viney sweetness that carries through on the lingering aftertaste. Great value.
Wine Spectator"An unusual tea aroma gives this wine a different flavor, mixing in wild berry and cherry fruit in an openly user-friendly style, emphasizing texture (and creamy oak) at the expense of sheer power. Drink now. 18,000 cases made."