(made from vines planted in 1895; includes 8% other grapes: alicante bouschet, grand noir and petit bouschet; 15.3% alcohol and a pH of 3.48): Glass-staining ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berry preserves, cola, incense and candied lavender, with a smoky overtone. Sweet, penetrating blackberry and blueberry flavors show impressive clarity and pick up a spicy quality with air. Rich but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and gentle tannic grip.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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