The Best of Zinfandel
An amazing line up of the very best Zinfandels
Talty - One of my favorite producers and when you speak with Michael Talty you can see why. He likes to talk about the flavors of his fruit popping before he begins to harvest and his wines really capture that fresh, bright, aromatic quality that Zin is capable of . Very much Zinfandel for Pinot Lovers if there is such a thing, these are just fabulous wines that express the ripeness and power of Zinfandel with a rather light touch.
Lightly peppery and a little floral on the nose with very fresh red fruit that has an almost herbal, minty aspect. Bright acids on entry support fabulous red cherry and raspberry fruit. This is so zesty with lovely concentration of fruit supported by soft ripe tannins. It's long, clear and edgy in the mouth with superb clarity to the fruit and nuanced tobacco and chocolate notes adding detail and complexity. There’s a gentle streak of oak that becomes apparent on the long finish though it’s just a fine accent note. 93pts
Classic Zin nose filled with fresh raspberry fruit framed by a little white chocolate, briar, pepper and a hint of bacon fat. Elegant and aromatic in the mouth, this is built on a nice base of slightly austere tannins and fine acids supporting zesty red raspberry and blackberry fruit that has a slightly herbal edge. the oak come into play on the midpalate, adding a touch of spice and leading to a firm finish that shows a little currant notes. Bright and effusive in the mouth with a little mineral edge, this is so pure and refreshing. 94pts
Huge on the nose with layered spicy oak, musky and animal scents framing the darkly brooding fruit. Rich yet light and smooth on the palate with big citrus peel herbal freshness up front, followed by dark wild cherry and blackberry fruit. This has a huge bramble berry midpalate, with hints of cocoa, some white pepper, and some ivy adding freshness. Today it’s a bit tight and angular on the finish, but it delivers huge Zinfandel flavors on a large scaled but well balanced frame. 93pts
100% zin, valley floor in St Helena, 100
Gorgeous on the nose, dark and sIghtly jammy raspberry fruit filled with nuanced oily seeds and a flourish of green herbs with a touch of vanilla adding depth. On entry this is big, a little chewy,and filled with dark raspberry and red curranty fruit. Zesty big and jammy in the mouth with powerful wild berry and fresh green herb note on the finish. There are lovely fine grained tannins here adding a little savory and a lightly chocolate edge to the fruit. This is just so fresh and zesty with a sage and almost minty accent on the backend that leads to a dark and chewy finish. 93pts