The Best of Zinfandel
An amazing line up of the very best Zinfandels
Gary Farrell- Known as a Pinot and Chardonnay producer, Gary Farrell has been producing these beautiful Zinfandels for years and somehow I’ve been fortunate to try many of them. Very much like a Talty Zin, though perhaps not quite as complex, these are elegant, fruit driven wines that are zesty and bright with a light, pretty feel to them. These are among the easiest Zins to drink in my experience and a bottle tends to disappear quickly.
Very pretty on the nose, with lots of cool fruit, plenty of oak as well but it's well balanced allowing the floral, spicy, crushed black raspberry and wild plum fruit to show very clearly. Very clean and taut on the palate, with no baby fat, in a clear nervous style. This is and fairly large scaled but elegant and tense with mouth watering acids and fine grained tannins that build a bit on the long clear raspberry blackberry finish that shows a touch of watermelon freshness and not a hint of heat. 92pts
Darker on the nose than the Sonoma bottling with carob, meat, mint, and eucalyptus spice accenting the cool,earthy and powerful nose. This is not fruit driven. Much lighter on the palate than the nose would lead one to believe,. Dark, and muscular like a ballet dancer, this reveals lovely depth, the flavors like the nose run to the earthy, savory sided things with a bit of cracked pepper spice and mineral shadings framing the core of balsam scented wild blackberry fruit. This finishes firmly with real energy and a fine mineral note, and just a hint of wood tannin supporting fine crushed black currant fruit. 93pts