(2012 Vintage) The most rich, intense and multi-dimensional zinfandel tends to be produced from “Old Vines”, vines that are at least 50 years old. “Old Vines”, also known as Ancient Vines, Gnarly vines, Old Timer Vines, Old World Vines or Old Twisted Vines are in decline, mature in age, with low vigor. They tend to have fewer clusters of grapes with smaller berry size, yielding more intense sugars, color and concentration of flavors typically producing wines that are generally better balanced with more body and structure.
sweet upfront, peppery after taste, burn lasts long after drinking.
a bit hot on the alcohol, but good depth with earthy notes.
wonderful smell- taste is oaky, cherry and lightly dry
spicy, peppery, oak, dark fruits
spicy hint of blackberry
Wine Spectator(2011 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/06/2014