(From 2009 Vintage) In 2011, our ancient vines produced yet another classic vintage of Russian River Zin. The aromatics offer a seductive blend of ripe brambly wild berries with a generous dusting of freshly ground pepper, baking spices, and toasty oak. The entry reveals a luscious concentration of black raspberry, dark cherry, and plum. Vanillin oak and spicy pepper appear as the flavors broaden and layer across the palate, with cocoa and coffee notes joining in at the long finish. As the wine opens, its depth, complexity, and sophistication shines through. Pair this delicious Zin with eggplant parmesan, spicy sausage pizza, or short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/09. This juicy, black zin has espresso richness in its tannin, along with a sense of crushed stone. The fruit is bold and firm, with a forest mushroom backnote; the structure is cleanly drawn and built for cellaring.