92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Brooding in dark fruit compote that finds brightness in hints of orange peel, this is a hearty, full-flavored and structured wine, juicy and with elegant texture. Aromas of lavender speak to its wild underbelly of savory earthiness, with a bright acid-kissed finish. Alcohol 15.1%. (Dec 2022)"
Producer notes: "Fresh blackberry notes with hints of black peppercorn mix with aromas of fennel and star anise in this classic Zinfandel. Currant and red fruit notes further add to the complexity of the aromas. Lavender and purple flowers add a wonderful counterpoint to the brooding nature of this wine. A neighbor to our Saitone Estate vineyard, this region of the Russian River Valley is well known for producing Zinfandels with refreshing acidity and a tannic core. Extract from these lower yielding old vines buffers this structure, gives the palate flesh, and creates balance. Enjoy this wine with a hearty dish like braised short ribs (see Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger recipe). Barrel aged 13 months in 29% new, 29% 1-year, 21% 2-year and 21% 3-year oak. Optimal Drinking Window: 2023-2030. Alcohol 15.1%."
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|