(From 2005 Vintage) The 2005 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful dusty raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and spice, with coffee and chocolate characters. Aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes. Enjoy now or cellar for 5 to 7 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSmelling faintly of dark chocolate and a touch of old wood, this rugged, big-bodied wine is accented with hints of black pepper and earth and runs up against a fair bit of blunting tannin at the finish. Its slightly jammy fruit keeps it in the game and, even if you like them rough and rugged, this one will benefit from a few years of cellar time.