Grgich Hills Zinfandel Napa Valley 2006
This is a big impressive zin. Lots of spice and tobacco.
Nose opens with unpleasant combinations, including musky wild game, sweaty ungulate, horse stall, barnyard, rusty metal, forest moss, and gourd vine, with lilac and other florals emerging just enough to freshen the mix over time. Palate begins with sour raisin, rusty metal and mesquite flavors, with sufficient tannins and acidity to support some evolution. Medium bodied, smooth mouth spread infused with tart acidity allows for emergence of fruit on the mid palate after being hidden at first. Cherry and milk chocolate appear by third or fourth sip, allowing sweet to mix with sour. In fact, the wine generally sweetens over the first hour before closing down. Woodsy tones include oak, mesquite, ashes, and forest moss.
Three and a half glasses