2006 Russian River Valley "Bacchi Ranch" Zinfandel
8% Mixed Black Varieties (Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir)
Planted in 1909, this vineyard is situated in the northern, warmer reaches of Russian River Valley, near the borders of Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys on Limerick Lane. Fermented indigenously with a healthy percentage of interplanted Petite Sirah and Grand Noir, it was bottled unfined and unfiltered after 16 months in French oak, 20% new.
Medium-dark to dark ruby. Wow! Head-turning aromas of black cherry and blackberry are mixed with notes of red licorice and allsorts. What a sniff! Full bodied but impeccably balanced. This is a real step up from the excellent 2005. Drinking well now, we see little reason to wait. Enjoy 2008-2011. (MRO – 3/1/08)