Great Sonoma Zinfandels at ZAP Festival 2011

Including the Zins of Dry Creek Valley


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2009 Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 15.1%, $25

Really briary on the nose with crisp, fresh black raspberry and black currant fruit, topped with notes of pipe tobacco, tomato leaf and a hint of POG (passion/orange/guava). With air, the fruit turns redder, full of cherries and a hint of cranberry, but at the same time the oak become more assertive as well. This is really love in the mouth. It’s restrained at this point but you can get a sense of the great depth of fruit and purity the wine possesses. There is nice supporting acidity that lends a zesty edge to the mid-palate and wonderful ripe tannins adding weight across the mid-palate. The wood tannin does become more obvious on the backend but it remains well balanced. 91pts

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  • Snooth User: Seabrooker
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    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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