90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Very much oriented to fully ripe berries with complexing highlights of dried flowers and sweet oak lifting it above simple fruitiness, Adelaida's Estate Zinfandel is a bold and very intense wine that tempers its ripeness with plenty of acidy nerve. It is big, but well-balanced with an unexpected note of pertness in play from entry to finish, and it promises to age nicely and find increased integration if allowed to rest for another three or four years."
Ideally suited to warm sun exposed locations, Zinfandel is a natural for Paso Robles. The 2014 vintage continued the drought conditions plaguing California; however, these dry-farmed vines are surprisingly vigorous. Their exuberance requires a mid-season assessment of crop yields and judicious pruning (dropping excess clusters). Picked for freshness, the harvest emphasizes physiological ripeness. Hand sorted and de-stemmed the “night-time” picked fruit is fermented in small lots in open top vats with daily punch-down cap management. Final maturing in a combination of new and previously used French oak barrels allows integration of wine and wood.