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St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines 2008
Two and a half glasses
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Smooth and ripe, with plum, cherry, blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors at the fore. Tannins are a tad rustic, but the wine is quite pleasurable to drink.
There is no doubting the style sought by St. Francis. No-holds-barred, big, oaky, full-throttle Zinfandels are the rule at this Sonoma winery. Impressive is the 2001 Zinfandel Old Vine. A dark plum/purple color is accompanied by a big, smoky, earthy nose revealing aromas of pepper, black cherries, and earth. This spicy, dense, full-bodied, macho Zin should be drunk over the next four years.
Huge and powerfully concentrated, this wine is not shy. A thick blast of spice and iodine, itrsquo;s built to approach food with overwhelming force rather than diplomacy. The timid should stand aside.
Ripe, with dried cherry, plum, licorice and roasted sage fruit. Finishes with zesty yet rustic tannins. Drink now through 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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