Sextant Wines Zinfandel Paso Robles Holystone 2008
Sumptuous and inviting, the Sextant Wheelhouse Zinfandel summons a range of fruit characteristics underscored by supple tannins. To begin, a touch of cherries flow into hints of dark chocolate which roll into soft notes of raspberries only to be overtaken by a flavorful bite of red plums. Like the turn of a wheel, the structure is circular and finish lingers with lasting momentum.
A wine tasting journey like no other awaits you within 5 minutes of downtown San Luis Obispo. The highly acclaimed Sextant Wines features powerful Zinfandel and Bordeaux style wines. At Sextant Wines we are devoted to expanding the horizons of Paso Robles Wine Country by utilizing the unmatchable terroir with old world varietal selections. This allows us to grow grapes to their optimal maturity, creating unique wines of supreme quality.
Editorial Reviews for Sextant Wines Zinfandel Paso Robles Holystone
Sweet cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose is framed with lightly buttery vanilla oak. This shows a little heat and has a slight but distinct candied edge to the nose. Big and rich in the mouth with a toasty leading edge and lightly chewy, slightly sticky, very fruit-driven flavors. This is almost grapey with its youthful black fruit character. It's got a touch of barrel sample to it and finishes with a short, if pleasant, fruit and oak finish. A biggish, simple wine with appealing fruit and a touch of oak adding complexity. 87pts
At first, this is showing a slightly over-ripe pruney, gamy note on the nose with plummy undertones and plenty of peppery spice and toasty oak. With time, this takes on a decidedly Syrah-like element with a violet underlay. This gains a creamy, cafe au lait top note with air. Nicely balanced with lots of fruit on the palate that shows good complexity. This is rich and fruity and decidedly ripe, though with plenty of acidity keeping it fresh in the mouth. The fruit has dried plum elements accenting the black cherry fruit, all underpinned by toasty, chocolaty oak. Lots of boysenberry character emerges on the backend and adds complexity to the moderately long finish. Big, bold and well balanced, this has more oak than I might like, but is certainly well put together. 90pts
Tasted at the 2010 Zap wine festival and I only captured the numeric rating. I’ll have to taste again to get more detailed notes.
Lush forward fruit Zinfandel. Loads of spice, berry, blackberry bramble notes. This is what Zinfandedl should be. Extracted without being over the top, yes it has high alcohol 15.5 but doesn't come across on the palate or the nose. The fruit is elegant, with good underlying structure for aging.
External Reviews for Sextant Wines Zinfandel Paso Robles Holystone
Winemaker Notes - Our flagship, the precocious Wheelhouse Zinfandel invites you in with aromatic cinnamon, blackberries, ripe plum, and sweet oak. With rich and supple textures, the intense wild berries begin to show through with clove and vanilla undertones bringing to mind a spicy fruit compote. Soft yet structured tannins cling with a blackberry and plum creamy finish, balanced with clove and cinnamon spice, topped off with a fresh dusting of cocoa powder.