93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
(from a vineyard near Coombsville that dates back to 1905): Bright dark red. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry and licorice are perfumed by a hint of exotic fruits. Rich, plush and sweet, with terrific breadth and depth to its strawberry and licorice flavors. Finishes very long, with suave, fine-grained tannins and a lovely light touch. Utterly captivating zinfandel.
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Zinfandel is not the rage it was in the 1980s and early 1990s, as there are now too many wines made from overripe fruit or from young vines, or overwhelmed by excessive use of new barrels. Today's Zin styles range from elegant, taut, and claret-like midweights to superripe and potty behemoths, with off-the-charts... Read More »
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