External Reviews for Renwood Zinfandel Amador Ice
Aromas of blackberries, black cherries, and toasted oak. This wine explodes on the palate with firm tannins ending with a long, silky, vanilla, black fruit finish.
You will find that the 1998 Renwood Grandpére Zinfandel is a classic example of what these renowned vineyards can provide - a rich, full-bodied wine with excellent length and depth of flavors including spicy bright berry fruit with chocolate and white pepper. It is an elegant wine with a well balanced mouth-feel and firm, yet supple, tannin structure.
The 1993 Grand Pere Vineyard Zinfandel offers a dark garnet/ruby purple color, decadent, sweet, earthy, cherry scents, a heavyweight, huge, full-bodied impact on the palate, an unctuous texture, and thick, viscous flavors that flow slowly across the palate. It is a dead-ringer for the 1975 Montevina Late Bottled, an Amador Zinfandel that remains remarkably fresh, fruity, and delicious at age twenty. I would opt for drinking the Grand Pere over the next 12-15 years. By the way, the 125-year old Grand Pere Vineyard is reputed to be the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in California.
The 1994 Grandpére offers an opaque purple color that resembles black ink. A compelling nose of old-vine black-cherries, black raspberries, earth, licorice, and pepper is an attention-grabber. This is an unctuoulsy-textured, low acid, extremely rich, ripe, dry Zinfandel that coats the mouth with amazing flavor extraction as well as silky richness. The finish lasts for 40-45 seconds. If readers admire huge, rich, yet well-balanced Zinfandels, this wine represents a tour de force in winemaking.
I dig the black pepper, cocoa, anise and stewed fruit bouquet, and the blueberry, blackberry and unsweetened chocolate palate profile. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and a bit rich thanks to lots of caramel. The finish is a bit of a conundrum - there's big, sweet ripe berry fruit at first, but it ducks out before you know it and leaves you with a substantial amount of ash and black pepper. Not that pepper's a bad thing, but I do wish that I had some warning.
Ripe, with an array of rustic, wild berry, sage, tea, tar, anise and oak. Intense and tannic, but packed with flavor. Drink through 2004.
A ripe, spicy, zesty style that is a touch rustic and chunky, with herb, cherry, wild berry and tarry notes. Firms up and shows its tannic strength on the finish. Drink now through 2004.
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Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
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