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Limerick Lane 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2014

Member Review by EMark:

Dark fruit nose with a bit of alcohol. Soft textured on entry. Medium hit of dark berry fruit, maybe red fruit--cranberry. Very fresh tasting, certainly, not jammy. Medium-stiff tannin at mid-palate. I think this one is fairly typical of Zinfandel from this region.

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Limerick Lane Cellars:
We are at the eastern extremity of the Russian River AVA, and close to the eastern end of the Dry Creek Valley AVA. This is an area of rolling hills with Southwest exposure. The soils are of volcanic origin, mainly a clay loam with a great deal of volcanic rock and shale. The soil depth varies greatly and along with the low vigor of the site this limits production. We are fairly high up the hil... Read more
We are at the eastern extremity of the Russian River AVA, and close to the eastern end of the Dry Creek Valley AVA. This is an area of rolling hills with Southwest exposure. The soils are of volcanic origin, mainly a clay loam with a great deal of volcanic rock and shale. The soil depth varies greatly and along with the low vigor of the site this limits production. We are fairly high up the hill and whilst we are not frost free we seem to have averted major frost damage in recent years. The vines are head pruned (small bushes, no trellis wire). The vineyard is dry-farmed (no irrigation), relying on winter and spring rains to water the vines. Normally the vines are pruned in January and February and the cover crop of Fava beans, clover, vetch, chamomile and mustard is ploughed into the ground in March. Each vine is pruned so the major arms form the shape of a wineglass about 3-4 feet high. From this basis the canes form a leafy canopy with approximately two bunches of grapes per cane. In summer time as the grape bunches mature, the vineyard workers pull leaves to expose the fruit. This gives better sunlight exposure to the bunches and also allows airflow through the bush, reducing the threat of molds and mildews and heat stress in the center of the plant. Normal crop levels are between 2.5-3 tons per acre. At this harvest level and with the exceptional terroir winemaking in the winery is easy. No pesticides or fungicides are used in our vineyard. Read less

Member Reviews for Limerick Lane 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,293
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 02/16/2016

Dark fruit nose with a bit of alcohol. Soft textured on entry. Medium hit of dark berry fruit, maybe red fruit--cranberry. Very fresh tasting, certainly, not jammy. Medium-stiff tannin at mid-palate. I think this one is fairly typical of Zinfandel from this region.


Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,526
4.50 5
Vintage: 2013 06/09/2017

Large blackberry and dark cherry profile here, dark chocolate, earthiness with big tannins, matching acidity. Here's the catch - there is a sweetish grapey-ness that is highly a port profile. Interesting thought isn't it. 92 points - hold - Paul


Snooth User: ApelsecS
10683501,502
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/11/2013

It's a 6 years old wine now. Yes, it tastes like an old wine but i can't say anything interesting about it. Much alcohol and common for zins dark fruits taste.


Snooth User: noblige
14725345
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/21/2011

Two glasses


Snooth User: Jon of Sonoma
36256362
1.50 5
Vintage: 2004 04/12/2008

Even though this is a 2004, it tasted like it has past it's peak. It was bland without strong fruit flavors or any complex tastes. We were very disappointed as we have tasted some of the Collins vineyard wines from Gary Farrel and this bottle just did not match up at all.


Snooth User: bc3855
12288340
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 05/15/2009

Jam nose. Very hot! Huge fruit. Tannic and acidic.


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External Reviews for Limerick Lane 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel

External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/28/2015

A knockout Zinfandel, balancing an opulent texture with great focus and depth. Aromas of rose petal and raspberry lead to rich and layered flavors of cherry, herbes de Provence and cracked white pepper. Finishes with a bounce of acidity and ripe, lively tannins. Drink now through 2020. 1,440 cases made.


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Vintage: 2012 05/28/2015

The 2012 Zinfandel Russian River Valley is gorgeous. Racy and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2012 impresses for its overall balance and personality. Bright red stone fruits, mint, spices, tobacco and new leather are all super-expressive. Veins of acidity give the flavors notable lift and precision.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/28/2015

A delicious, heady, sexy offering, the 2012 Zinfandel Limerick Lane Estate tips the scales at 14.8% alcohol. Its deep plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a super-seductive perfume of jammy red and black fruits, a full-bodied opulence, impressive purity and a long, heady finish. Another great example of top-flight winemaking using wonderful old vine materials, it should drink well for 7–10 years.


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Vintage: 2010 08/09/2015

A burly red that shows a distinct sense of place, with just enough polish. Eclectic aromas of currant and blackberry mix with spice cake notes and briary and complex flavors of smoky pepper beef and licorice. The tannins are big but ripe. Drink now through 2022. 150 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/09/2015

Black fruit, cedar, new leather, smoke and tobacco meld together in the 2012 Zinfandel 1910 Block. This mixed-blacks block, with its old vines and dollops of Alicante Bouschet, Pelousin, Negrette and Petite Sirah, confers structure, darkness and power, all of which abound in the 2012. The 2012 has more than enough structure to drink well for several decades.


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Vintage: 2010 08/09/2015

The 2012 Zinfandel Block 1910, also aged in neutral wood for 16 months, tips the scales at a lofty 15.3% alcohol, but that component is unnoticeable. A field blend (dominated by Zinfandel) from 100+-year-old vines, it exhibits rich, briery, black cherry, strawberry, pepper, incense and underbrush characteristics, a big, spicy, powerful, muscular, full-bodied mouthfeel, a voluptuous, lush texture, and no hard edges. Consume it over the next 5–6 years.


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Vintage: 2005 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal



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