Silverdale, WA 14.9% alc. (Purchased on 7/15/13)
Impressive packaging in a heavyweight silk screened bottle with deep punt. Mostly clear dark ruby/purple. When first poured it seemed just a bit varnishy/alcoholly in the nose, but that seems to blow off considerably in 30-60 minutes time. Eventually the bouquet opens up to fairly intense blackberry and cedar aromas. On the front of the palate it immediately showed tart acidity and fairly big tannins, even at nearly seven years old. The flavors and intensity tend to (like the nose) evolve with time and air, with all components integrating quite well with one another. The flavors show blackberry, dark plum and spiciness (cinnamon and clove) with restrained oak. My teeth and lips were coated from the moderately chewy tannins in the finish…it was also a little astringent and drying with some heat too. My wife referred to it as “rough and raw”. Her description is quite accurate.
Not really the typical big, jammy, plummy fruit bomb…too much acidity for that. This is a well-balanced Zin that, due to the somewhat racy acidity level should continue to age nicely for another few years, but it’s drinking perfectly now. The higher alcohol had me thinking this would be another bruiser of a Zin, but it certainly doesn’t come off that way in the long run. The back label says that this producer’s Zins have typically been field blends. And I could only find info on the 2008 vintage of this wine, which is composed of 90% Zinfandel, 10% combination of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, and Golden Chasselas and sells for $28. I suspect this blend is similar. Opening this one and just letting it breathe in bottle for a couple of hours may improve your overall experience. Or decant if you so choose. I may have to buy a couple more to see what develops.
Seedboy had the following to say about this Zin on 7/15: ” The Zin appeared in Berkeley today. It is a big mouthful, and I’m quite sure that it is either a field blend or otherwise blended, as there is more tannin than I’d expect from a pure zin. (ed. note: Most perceptive, SB!) I think this wine will be better after it has relaxed from its travels but I’m pretty sure I’m going to put three or four of these away.”