Great Sonoma Zinfandels at ZAP Festival 2011

Including the Zins of Dry Creek Valley


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2008 J Keverson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Thurow Vineyard 16.2%, $30

Low-key nose with plenty of pipe tobacco notes lurking under cocoa-dusted, toasty black and blue fruit. Big and fairly mouth-filling if not weighty or sticky. This has lovely fruit with a real impression of sweetness, without being sweet, though the alcohol helps. In the mouth it’s quite fresh with the same black and blue fruit of the nose and a finish that is spicy and fresh with red fruits and blueberry topnotes. The alcohol throws the balance off a bit here but it really doesn’t come off as hot. This gains depth and inner-mouth perfume with time, adding more length to the fruit-driven finish. Not elegant, but neither over the top. 90pts

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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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