2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel
96% Zinfandel (Alexander, Dry Creek, Russian River, Sonoma Valleys)
4% Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah
A blend of various old-vine vineyards such as Taylor in Dry Creek, Tin Cross in Alexander Valley, and Rossi in Sonoma Valley. A little Dry Creek Pet from Teldeschi Ranch seemed to bring the components together, rounding out the palate nicely. Aged in French oak, 20% new, and based upon the success of our experiment last year, bottled completely in screw cap.
Medium-dark ruby-garnet. Red cherries, berry compote, and notes of bittersweet chocolate and brown spices greet the nose. Fresh and juicy on the palate with red and black berry fruits highlighted by hints of licorice, smoked meat, and earth. Finishes with great energy and thrust. Once again, an absolute steal for the price. Optimum enjoyment should be between late 2011 and 2018. (MRO – 3/15/10)