Great Sonoma Zinfandels at ZAP Festival 2011

Including the Zins of Dry Creek Valley


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2008 Tin Barn Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel Gilsson Vineyard 15.6%, $24

Dark cola and earth scents dominate the nose early, with slightly medicinal top notes preceding the slow-to-emerge black cherry and plum fruits. Broad and a touch soft on the palate, this is plush and caressing, with lovely sweet tannins and a nice briary edge adding detail to the deep core of black cherry/black berry pie filling. There’s a nice edge of green freshness that hints at mint in the mouth. With time, this turns nicely fresh. The sheer depth of fruit and the sweetness of it tempers the acidity a bit, but it is there, powering through on the red plum and sapid, almost mineral-laced, blackberry finish. Very pure, precise flavors and the finish is excellent here. 92pts

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  • Snooth User: Seabrooker
    167088 56

    We loved the Wilson Zins when we went tasting in November, but our favorites on that trip were all from Amador/Shenandoah- Wilderotter, Bonjon, Runquist and Convergence. These may not make to the ZAP festival, but anyone going anywhere close should take the time to explore this area.

    Jan 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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