(From 2009 Vintage) Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 17 months in French and American oak enhances the zinfandel’s inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this mediumrich wine suggests enjoyment over the next 2 to 4 years.
(From 1999 Vintage) The result is a radiant wine. The color, a deep red and violet rose, is matched only by a very perfumed nose. Intense aromas of raspberry-cream, strawberry and rose petal, mix with a delicate balance of the varietals typical pepper notes. An abundance of bright fruit flavors of cranberry, raspberry and blackberry mingle to make the middle palate round and firm while a hint of white pepper and sage finish long on the palate. A substantial meat dish like beef tenderloin with goat cheese and mustard...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesAlthough this wine sends slightly mixed messages with its rich, but slightly diffuse mix of ripe blackberries and stavey oak spice in the nose, it is focused and very solid once in the mouth with well-defined varietal fruit leading the way. Slightly rounded in feel, but fairly firm in overall balance, it is capable of improving for several years but will serve nicely now with savory pork roasts basted with Port or spiced honey.