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TASTING NOTES: Intense aromas of blueberry, orange rind, and ripe raspberry are bolstered by well-integrated notes of French oak that amplify the wine’s cardamom spice. The entry is big and velvety, and the broad palate features flavors of blackberry jam, cranberry and blueberry, all ringing out in the mouth-coating and lengthy finish. TECHNICAL NOTES Production Details Blend: 100% Zinfandel Vineyard: Ottimino Appellation: Russian River Valley Cooperage: Roberts (custom-built) & Demptos Aging: Twenty-one months Barrel Age: 50% new & 50% 1- & 2-year-old Production: 837 cases produced Analytical Data Harvested: October 14, 2006 Brix 25.2º T.A. 6.4 g/l pH 3.59 Bottled: August 21, 2008 T.A. 5.7 g/l pH 3 .79 By Wine Enthusiast Ottimino Vineyards 2006 Ottomino Vineyard Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) Rating: 89 Price: $32/750 ml Designation: Ottomino Vineyard Varietal: Zinfandel Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, US Alcohol: 13.80% Case Production: 837 Bottle Size: 750 ml Category: Red This is a big, powerful Zinfandel. It’s very strong in blackberry, blueberry, cocoa and peppery spice flavors, and also very tannic and dry. A dramatic wine, it will do well with barbecue and heavily spiced beef dishes. Should develop bottle age through 2013 or so. S.H. (2/1/2010) — 89
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 79 (slightly worse than average year)