2015 Zinfandel, 750ml
Previous vintages of our extremely scarce Zinfandel have received wonderful critical reviews (the 2014 vintage won silvers at both the SFChronicle Wine Competition and the Harvest Challege, plus earning a rating of 91 pts from Robert Parker Jr.) Our Zin always sells out, and we can't make more-we source our fruit from a tiny, cherished vineyard of extremely old vines...we get what mother nature allows us to have and treasure every drop! 2015 was a smaller-than-usuall harvest due to 7 prior years of drought that stressed this vineyard, but also allowed for intense flavors and exceptional quality. For the first time, we're allowing members to PRE-ORDER their Zin now for their fall shipments, but only if you PROMISE to allow it to continue to bottle age-no drinking until November, 2017!
Fans of our Zinfandel know Gary subscribes to the old-school, brambly style of Napa Zinfandel, keeping a supple balance between fruit and tannins and highlighting the Mt. Veeder characteristics of flavor-driven expressions of plum, pomegranate and blackberry with dense, rich tones of tasty spices that linger on the long finish.
A gorgeous garnet in the glass, this wine is substantially more rich and full-bodied than the cheerful color might lead one to expect. Opening aromas of ripe fruit, especially blackberry and cherry, greet the nose, with more complex aromas of grilled meat and herbs appearing as the wine opens up. From the first sip, flavors of juicy plums, heady raspberries and wild blackberries are blanced by medium acidity, ensuring this Zinfandel isn't liquid jam or a fruit bomb. Ripe cherry, dark fruits and baking spices bloom on the palate, displaying the harmony between fruit, alcohol and acidity. With its intriguing, herb-infused gaminess and spicy playfulness, this is a Zin that plays well with foods. We love it with BBQ ribs...I mean, we're crazy about this wine and Gary's grilling sauce! Try it with grilled portabella mushrooms, your favorite sausages, beef, lamb, pork and venison, either braised, grilled or roasted. 100 cases produced.