The Best of Zinfandel
An amazing line up of the very best Zinfandels
Green and Red - A Zinfandel specialist tucked up in a corner of Chiles Canyon just to the east of Napa Valley. The fruit for the Green and Red Zins comes from a variety of sites on their property including an impressively steep mountain top vineyard. My love of mountain Zin once again rears its head. These are lovely Zins, rich and powerful enough but never excessive and relying on wonderful balance and depth. Just happy Zins that are transparent and bright on the palate.
5% and 5% petit and syrah
Cool and slightly autumnal on the nose with ripe gently tarry cherry fruit, huge forest floor, wild flower, and dry pine needles base notes. Old school, small dark berry fruit, a little firm tannin a whisper of herb, big dark cherry fruit all unfold on the palate in such a gentle way one might forget how much Zin has changed over the years if it weren’t for examples like this. Polished rich and well integrated, this is gutsy and powerful but not overripe a little Xmas cinnamon spice from the oak accenting the fresh fruit on the palate and leading to a clean licorice tinged finish that reveals lovely basalt mineral base notes.This is not going to wow you, you’ll just quietly finish the bottle and wonder why it’s not packaged in liter bottles. 92pts
Offering up a sweeter, spicier nose than the basic Chiles Valley bottling, this is more floral and high toned, with crushed mineral and juniper accents framing gorgeous raspberry and plum flavors topped with a whisper of oak smoke. Light, zesty and fresh on the palate, this delivers lots of transparent raspberry fruit framed with subtle herbal accents. It’s so clean fresh and pure if a little a simple, and finishes with great persistence to the red berry fruit. Happy wine. 91pts
Wooly and animal on the nose with fudgy, dark earthy, leathery dark cherry fruit. Seamless and richly fruited, almost sweet on entry with fine sporting dusty tannins. This is angular and youthful with fresh black cherry and blackberry flavors that pick up a lovely bitter cherry note on the mid-palate before warm baking spices flood the finish. Powerful yet elegantly balanced, this has a lovely core of acid keeping a powerful wine light on its feet. A little angular yet so transparent, this is super today and should improve. 93pts