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Darcie Kent de Mayo Vineyards Zinfandel 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

With aromas of old wood and something vaguely dirty here, this takes a while to pull itself together. Air does reveal some spicy carob notes and vaguely red currant like fruit. Very smooth on entry and pretty well balanced, this actually has a lovely mouth feel, fairly full but bright and lively. The flavors tend towards subtle with a bit of sour cherry, some dried strawberry, a hint of earth and a little late arriving vanilla all coming together nicely. The finish is a touch lean and drying. The tannins here really are managed very well. There’s nice length to the finish, which shows a certain unripe cherry tone. I like this more than others might. It’s a bit in the Claret mold of Zinfandel and doesn’t show great varietal typicity, but it is a pleasure to drink. Will show better with food. 85pts

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Darcie Kent Vineyards:
Darcie Kent Vineyards is nestled in the Crane Ridge foothills on the eastern edge of Livermore Valley. Darcie and David were first attracted to this Merlot vineyard in 1995 while searching the western U.S. for the best growing conditions in which to nurture the grape that made Bordeaux's Pomerol region famous.By that time, Washington State was already establishing a reputation for its Merlot, g... Read more
Darcie Kent Vineyards is nestled in the Crane Ridge foothills on the eastern edge of Livermore Valley. Darcie and David were first attracted to this Merlot vineyard in 1995 while searching the western U.S. for the best growing conditions in which to nurture the grape that made Bordeaux's Pomerol region famous.By that time, Washington State was already establishing a reputation for its Merlot, grown on the windy, dry slopes that drain into the cool Columbia River valley. California however, had yet to develop a proven region where Merlot consistently achieved world-class status. For most Golden State vintners, Merlot was a classic blender for fine Cabernet Sauvignon or a softer, less tannic "fighting varietal". But in Crane Ridge's well-drained gravely soils, cool nights and persistent San Francisco Bay breezes, the Kents' saw the place where Merlot might realize its' quality potential in California. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Darcie Kent de Mayo Vineyards Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
08/07/2012

With aromas of old wood and something vaguely dirty here, this takes a while to pull itself together. Air does reveal some spicy carob notes and vaguely red currant like fruit. Very smooth on entry and pretty well balanced, this actually has a lovely mouth feel, fairly full but bright and lively. The flavors tend towards subtle with a bit of sour cherry, some dried strawberry, a hint of earth and a little late arriving vanilla all coming together nicely. The finish is a touch lean and drying. The tannins here really are managed very well. There’s nice length to the finish, which shows a certain unripe cherry tone. I like this more than others might. It’s a bit in the Claret mold of Zinfandel and doesn’t show great varietal typicity, but it is a pleasure to drink. Will show better with food. 85pts




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