Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesContra Costa County Zinfandels tend to be heavy and skewed to chocolaty ripeness, yet this wine, while never less than fully ripe, offers up a convincing dose of genuine fruit and comes up a winner. It is full on the palate, plump and pleasantly rounded in feel, and it keeps its alcohols fairly well-hidden. Its last-minute tannins signal the potential for a few years of keeping, but it is thoroughly enjoyable now.
International Wine CellarGood full ruby. Black fruits, menthol and a meaty nuance on the nose. Juicy and bright, with sound acids giving shape and grip to the old-viney berry and spice flavors. Finishes vinous and long, with sweet but firm tannins and lingering suggestions of Christmas spices.
Wine AdvocateRating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05