St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines 2008

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This distinct "old world style" of wine displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and licorice, rich with spice and...

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In the absence of official regulations regarding the use of the term ldquo;old vines,rdquo; St. Francis insists on 50 or more years of age. These v... Read more

Earthy, funky aromas pick up a slight sour cherry and leathery character that manages to hold a focus, finishing with richness and depth. Drink now... Read more

From various vineyards with a minimum age of 50 years, and all the vines are head-trained. This dark wine is built along solid lines, a big, tough ... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

In the absence of official regulations regarding the use of the term ldquo;old vines,rdquo; St. Francis insists on 50 or more years of age. These vines run closer to 80. The wine is concentrated and dense, with spicy berry flavors. Itrsquo;s dry and balanced. Acids are soft.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Earthy, funky aromas pick up a slight sour cherry and leathery character that manages to hold a focus, finishing with richness and depth. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

From various vineyards with a minimum age of 50 years, and all the vines are head-trained. This dark wine is built along solid lines, a big, tough Zin with stubborn tannins. Itrsquo;s lean in flavor, most likely due to the vintage, but should soften and sweeten in time.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ultraripe, with jammy blackberry and cherry jam flavors, picking up earth and anise flavors. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Full-bodied and mildly tannic. Black cherries, plums, licorice, earth and dried herb notes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Well oaked, with lots of smoky, toasty flavors, but the fruit stands right up to it, with ripe cherry, raspberry and plum notes. Complex, flavorful aftertaste. Drink now through 2003.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1996 Zinfandel old Vines only carries 14% alcohol. The wine reveals this estatersquo;s tell-tale woody spice, creamy texture, and dark ruby/purple color, but it does not measure up in terms of extraction, richness, and completeness. Nevertheless, this is a soft, round, nicely made Zin to consume over the next 2ndash;3 years.


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284024 Snooth User: CageyT
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2.50 5
10/20/2012

Winemaker's Notes:

This distinct "old world style" of wine displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and licorice, rich with spice and toasty oak notes that carry into a long luscious finish.

This distinct "old world style" of wine displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and licorice, rich with spice and toasty oak notes that carry into a long luscious finish.

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