(From 2010 Vintage) It is very rewarding to release such a delightful wine from a challenging growing year. For those who know our Zinfandel, we look for true varietal expression and balanced characteristics. The brambly fruit – raspberry and cherry – along with the dusty texture are apparent from the first aromas. This vintage shows that Rutherford Dust character: tannins and a mouthfeel suggesting cocoa powder. The flavors echo the fruit and this texture with slightly spicy and tea like nuances. Thanks to the tannins, it is a bit drier this vintage, giving a texture that is rich and structured in the mouth. On the finish the fruit has the pepper and jam flavor, making for a wine that is unmistakably our Rutherford Zinfandel.
The raspberry and cherry aromas jump right to the fore and carry themselves through to the finish of this wine. This vintage has a bit more texture than our previous offerings, the tannins suggesting tea. The flavors echo this with slightly nutty nuances, reminiscent of fine green tea. The texture is rich and viscous and a nutmeg spiciness shows itself in the mouth. On the finish the fruit becomes more jam oriented and black pepper rises, making for a wine that is indelibly and unmistakably Zinfandel.