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Region: California > Sonoma > Russian River Valley
Grape type: Zinfandel
In 2012, Ottimino produced marginally more single-vineyard Zinfandel than they had in previous vintages, not wanting to bottle more than the winery felt it could sell. Then Knuttel took the remaining Zinfandel from each single-vineyard bottling and made a master Ottimino blend. Due to the size of the harvest, he called it "Zinfinity." read more »
Region: Argentina > Mendoza
Grape type: Malbec
Brilliant purple/black to the rim, infused with sumptuous aromas of mountain blueberry preserves and licorice, sweetly framed by new-wood cedar. Big, plush and silken on the attack, cloaked in black-fruit velour, all the natural opulence of 2012 is bracketed by sturdy tannin backbone. Drink now, or like all the great Casarena Malbecs, lay this powerhouse 2012 down for 5-8 years in a cool cellar.
91 points from Stephen Tanzer. $29 on release. $16.99 today — ONLY on WineAccess. Shipping included on 6. read more »
Grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 vintage was extraordinary in Agrelo. Perched at nearly 4,000 feet in elevation, Balbo's tight-spaced Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards enjoyed a long, drawn-out growing season. "We always get plenty of sunshine in Agrelo, so ripeness is never a problem. But the wonderful thing about 2012 is the acidity and the tannins. It's not often I put out a Cabernet Sauvignon that I can honestly say reminds me of Stag's Leap, but 2012 is one of them." read more »