Sausal Winery Zinfandel Alexander Valley Family 2006
Sausal Private Reserve Zinfandel is made entirely from estate-grown vines averaging 90 years old. These old vines impart a rich Zinfandel character indicative of the soil in the eastern foothills of the Alexander Valley. Since they are dry farmed, the fruit is concentrated and abundant, creating a big, bold Zinfandel.
Just outside of Healdsburg on Hwy 128 in the heart of Alexander Valley you will find Sausal Winery, a small family owned winery that produces award winning wine. Owned by the Demostene Family, Sausal Winery consistently produces premium estate bottled Old Vine Zinfandels (Family Zinfandel, Private Reserve Zinfandel, and Century Vine Zinfandel), Estate Sangiovese, and Estate Cabernet at reasonable prices.
Editorial Reviews for Sausal Winery Zinfandel Alexander Valley Family
Very slow to open with subtle vanilla and herb tinged dark, marmaladey fruits that recall date and fig. Fairly caramelly with faded baking spice tones. Big and plush on entry then turning more focused and elegant on the mid-palate. The boysenberry fruits in the mouth are orange tinged with the citrussy acids and the tannins offer a creamy mouthfeel but the wine feels diffuse and while there is a nice candied/medicinal edge to the finish it’s a bit to short. Appealing mouthfeel but lacking in intensity. 85pts
50 Year old vines - A tight and precise slightly smoky roasted blackberry tone greets the nose, it’s candied in a way but still has a clarity and freshness to it that is appealing. It’s a little exotic with a nice balsamic note and a touch of roasted/medicinal herb quality that adds nice tension to the nose. Soft in the mouth with enough tannin to give the fruit volume but still allowing the wine to be supple. Nice juicy acids support rather fresh raspberry fruit with that same herbal/medicinal character contributing a bit of edginess to the wine and leading to a nice, slightly tarry and earthy finish. 89pts
Fumey on the nose at first with nice underlying sour red fruits and a bit of candied apple and red plum with a notes of white pepper and some soft animale notes and floral tones makes this different and fairly complex. Gains a tobacco/resin note with air. Rich, soft and gently sweet at first with a nice old vines feel. Good transparency to the flavors and for all the intensity there is no fat here. Very wild raspberry and plummy with nice purity to the fruit but not much else going on. Finishes on the short side with a sneaky return of red raspberry, vanilla, herb and resin. 89pts
Spicy red rum cake nose. Flavors are quite deep and dark, oaked and leathery, but still managing to be juicy.
Figgy nose. Mellow, slightly barnyard flavor. Not too impressed.
Starts out as a hot wine. Strong tast of alcohol in the first sip. 20 minutes of air helps it big time. Fruit emerges--plums or blackberries--and alcohol diminishes. Very robust jammy wine--typical of the style of the day for old vine zins. It will be interesting to finish off the bottle, tonight. Last night we served this wine with grilled sirloin, stuffed potatoes, and spicy grilled cauliflower and grape tomatoes. $16.99 in 2009.
Stewed tomato and basil on the nose with apple, wholesome grainy mouth with a long finish.
Old world style that isn't overly fruity. Very smooth with some notes of smoked meats.
Initial vegetal hints followed by candy-berry on the nose. Earth, spice & jam supported by a fair amount of astringency & tannins.
We bought this as a future and just opened the first bottle!!! We were pleasantly surprised with the great aroma lifting from the open bottle. We let it rest for about 20 minutes and poured the first glass. GREAT LEGS, a nice spicey aroma and taste. We also liked the fact that it had a long finish with hints of rasperry and current.