With its beautiful aromas and lush texture, hallmarks of the 2004 vintage, this Sonoma County Zinfandel has a bit of a twist. Syrah! Composed of bits and pieces of Fava, Mounts, and Teldeschi Zinfandels, 23% Russian River Valley Syrah was blended into the final wine. Why? Because we liked it! Perhaps we should have called this “Shirazin”! Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dark ruby in color. Despite the Syrah component, the nose shouts Zinfandel with aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and a hint of white pepper. Full bodied and concentrated but with excellent acidity and a hint of tannin on the finish. This is quite serious for a “county” wine. Peak enjoyment should be from late 2006 through 2010. (MRO – 1/28/06)