(2013 Vintage) As the average age of our Zinfandel vines now reaches 35 years, it seems to me that the fruits of these vines are reaching new heights of complexity and finesse. Not to be challenged by the below average rainfall that has so vexed California, this 2014 vintage, never the less, has a jaunty spirit and is just a plain delicious drink. Profound perfume is what comes to my mind when your nose first hits the unfolding bouquet of the 2014. Rich flavors of raspberry and mulberry are underscored with a just touch of cinnamon and white pepper. More elegance than brawn, this wine is where Volnay meets Morgon. Consider a pairing with a beautiful, roasted bird garnished with spring chanterelles.
Wine & Spirits"John Williams dry farms this organically grown zin, which contributes to its restrained style and relatively low alcohol (13.5 percent). It comes off as taut claret; the fresh raspberry flavor takes on a pleasing shape as it wraps around scents of pine, herb and earth. The wine has the kind of transparency that makes room for food. Serve this with grilled quail."