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Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel 2011

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91 points Robert Parker: At $32 a bottle, the 2011 Zinfandel is a spectacular effort. This 1,400-case cuvee tips the scales at a lofty 15.1% alcohol. The most elegant offering in the portfolio, it possesses plenty of finesse, a certain lightness and gobs of briery, berry fruit, a touch of pepper and spice. The fragrant aromatics are matched by equally intense rich, full-bodied flavors. It should offer lovely drinking over the next several years. Drink: 2013-2016. (Dec 2013)

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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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

Editorial Reviews for Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,072
4.50 5
11/02/2013

Intensely aromatic with spicy oak that is fairly prominent and a nice herbal hint under the vanilla all layered under lots of ripe, spicy blackberry fruit. Surprisingly light and fresh in the mouth with zesty red cherry fruit with a touch of rust supported by fine tannins. This is nicely aromatic in the mouth, with lovely purity tot he fruit and real energy in the mouth along with lots of refreshing acids. There's a bit of heat obvious on the finish though this is very well behaved and fresh for Zin. 91pts


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Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
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4.60 5
11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

At $32 a bottle, the 2011 Zinfandel is a spectacular effort. This 1,400-case cuvee tips the scales at a lofty 15.1% alcohol. The most elegant offering in the portfolio, it possesses plenty of finesse, a certain lightness and gobs of briery, berry fruit, a touch of pepper and spice. The fragrant aromatics are matched by equally intense rich, full-bodied flavors. It should offer lovely drinking over the next several years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Loaded with zesty, spicy aromas and flavors, this offers accents of ripe cherry and blueberry, anise and mineral. Shows good structure and focus, with no shortage of ripe tannins. Drink now through 2020.



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91 points Robert Parker: At $32 a bottle, the 2011 Zinfandel is a spectacular effort. This 1,400-case cuvee tips the scales at a lofty 15.1% alcohol. The most elegant offering in the portfolio, it possesses plenty of finesse, a certain lightness and gobs of briery, berry fruit, a touch of pepper and spice. The fragrant aromatics are matched by equally intense rich, full-bodied flavors. It should offer lovely drinking over the next several years. Drink: 2013-2016. (Dec 2013)

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