(From 2010 Vintage) A vintage leader in this Zin house’s series of site studies, this shows rose petals, violets, black tobacco, crushed anise and black sage on the delicately complex nose. Presenting great tension between the tannins and acidity, the palate offers candied blackberries and red cherries, cut by spearmint and green tea.
(From 2012 Vintage) Deep, intense aromas of allspice, truffle, fig, sasparilla, & brown sugar pop when met with a palate of fresh black cherry & blueberry. The fruit aromas develop into earthier spice notes of saffron, nutmeg, marzipan, cedar, & smoky tobacco. A carefully balanced wine with elegant tannins & a long finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesContrasting themes of both ripe and green fruit in the nose are reiterated in the ripe yet overly tangy flavors of this slightly stiff and angular wine. The extract required to fully cover its bones never appears, and it ends with a twist of sour red berries in its lean, slightly puckery finish.