(From 2012 Vintage) The aromatics of this classic field blend present a delightful challenge to the nose. Not exactly fresh fruit and not really jam, either. Rather, it's like a bunch of summer fruit—strawberry, raspberry, fig, and huckleberry—all conserved together in one aromatic package. It's sophisticated in the depth of its aroma profile and fun at the same time. The flavors are a big surprise as well—no jammy sweetness. Instead the wine is taut, refined and reminiscent of a very fine Tuscan Chianti and absolutely the right counterpoint to the aromas.
Good but not great. I was initially excited to see this in my local LCBO because I loved the late 90's vintages when I lived in California. I bought an entire case at $37 Cdn a bottle but soon regretted it. It's a terrific wine but good enough for $37. If it were priced $25 or below it would have gotten a 4.5 or 5 out of 5
has a light bite to start, but fades quickly leaving a very smooth finish.
smoothe & fruity
Wine & SpiritsRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/09. This floral zin has a cool, wild blueberry tone edged by red spice. The zesty fruit brightens the tannins' darker earth and mushroom savor. There's tension to the structure, and harmonious balance in the length of flavor. Delicious now to decant for roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, this is also suited to age.