93pts - Vinous
93 points | Vinous
Bright purple. Expansive dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas are complemented by hints of vanilla, pungent flowers and woodsmoke. Juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate and pick up peppery spice and mocha qualities as the wine stretches out. Rich but energetic as well, showing no excess fat. The extremely long, seamless, intensely dark-fruit-dominated finish is framed by supple, harmonious tannins.
91 points | Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Zinfandel Reserve Michael's Estate Vineyard reveals an expressive nose of dark fruit compote, blackberries and licorice, followed by a full-bodied, velvety palate with an ample core of succulent fruit, fine tannins and mouthwateringly tangy acids. It's a distinctive Zinfandel to follow for the better part of a decade.
Youthfully shy, a bit of aeration reveals notes of sweet pipe tobacco and juicy flavors of ripe blue and red berries, anise and mild peppercorns. More a statement of freshness than porty over-extraction the wine delivers a mouthful of piquant just-picked raspberries.
Briar patch, fresh picked raspberries, Grandfathers pipe tobacco, pink peppercorns.
Sweet Italian sausages with penne pasta and grated Romano, braised shortribs brushed with 5 Indian spice blend, pulled rotisserie chicken sandwiches with Carolina BBQ and cole slaw
Harvested in the cool predawn hours fruit is hand sorted, de-stemmed, and individual berries are optically sorted to eliminate raisins and shot berries. Small batch fermentation on indigenous yeast is followed by an extended period of skin contact then 14 months in a mix of new and neutral oak barrels. Youthfully shy, a bit of aeration reveals notes of sweet pipe tobacco and juicy flavors of ripe blue and red berries, anise and mild peppercorns. More a statement of freshness than porty over-extraction the wine delivers a mouthful of piquant just-picked raspberries.
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