[91 pts Robert Parker] The 2006 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge from the cool upper elevations of Howell Mountain displays a lighter style medium body a fragrant up-front almost Pinot Noir-like delicacy but some real strength in the background. This is not one of the bigger Zinfandels despite the high alcohol and in fact it seems to be finesse-styled. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Good ruby-red. Smoke and mocha on the nose, along with some slightly porty, earthy low tones. Fat, creamy and sweet, conveying an impression of alcohol and slight heaviness. A broad and rather powerfu...
International Wine Cellar(1998 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000 Medium-deep ruby-red. Blackberry, black pepper, shoe polish and a hint of prune on the nose. Smooth and moderately ripe, with good depth of flavor and ripe balancing acids. Finishes firmly tannic, with spicy persistence. This bottling includes some Howell Mountain fruit, which has given it shape and tannic spine.
Robert Parker(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 129
Wine Advocate(1998 Vintage) Rating: (89-90) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 126 on Jan-00