Talty Winery Zinfandel St. Helena Filice Connolly 2009
Intensely aromatic with layered notes of sandalwood, vanilla, orange blossoms, a hint of meat and big, peppery spice notes. This is pretty firm on the palate with ripe tannins supporting juicy wild cherry and blackberry fruit. Big and powerful right through and onto the long finish, which shows great intensity but is wonderfully vibrant due to the terrific acidity. This is awfully young but shows great promise. It can be enjoyed today for its exuberance, particularly if you don’t mind toasty oak spice and vanilla in your Zin. 93ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Talty Winery Zinfandel St. Helena Filice Connolly
Intensely aromatic with layered notes of sandalwood, vanilla, orange blossoms, a hint of meat and big, peppery spice notes. This is pretty firm on the palate with ripe tannins supporting juicy wild cherry and blackberry fruit. Big and powerful right through and onto the long finish, which shows great intensity but is wonderfully vibrant due to the terrific acidity. This is awfully young but shows great promise. It can be enjoyed today for its exuberance, particularly if you don’t mind toasty oak spice and vanilla in your Zin. 93pts
Spicy, fresh evergreen notes greet the nose followed by pepper, cocoa, toasted marshmallow and gorgeously pure, brambly black raspberry fruit. With air the wood spice and toast become smokier and a bit more assertive but never overpower the wonderfully varietal fruit. Rich and powerful but also fresh and transparent with a nice bed of soft tannins and succulent acidity supporting balanced, complex, spicy cocoa-tinged black raspberry fruit. The finish is long and turns a bit redder with its assertive acidity. Really beautifully balanced, not a monster but still full-throttled and intensely flavored, if decidedly acid-driven. A Zinfandel for lovers of Italian wines. And I love Italian wines. 93pts
Wow, this is just so pure, so Zinfandel. There are briar and balsamic wood tones, fresh raspberry and red currant fruit, and hints of pepper and cocoa. What more could you ask for? On the palate, this is juicy and broad but with lovely height as well. It’s mouth-filling in fact, but what really sets this is apart is the phenomenal inner moth perfume. All balsamic and wild cherry with hints of rhubarb, dried citrus peel, blackberries and hints of red currants. This is slightly tannic still, but with great balance. The finish is actually a bit tight so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this continue to improve for another 18-24 months. 94pts
This smells really ripe, medicinal and meaty, with some jammy plum fruit and nice floral and herbal top notes. On the palate, this retains a really fresh feel, though the flavors tend towards the over-ripe with more medicinal notes and some really attractive peppery spice. Overall, the flavors lack some definition, but this is big, bold and yet well balanced, making it easy to enjoy. The finish is notably fresher than the palate, with well-defined herb and spice notes gaining length from oak rather than fruit. 86pts
The nose showed mixed berries, floral perfumes, minerals and earthy stones. On the palate, it was smooth yet juicy with intense red and black fruits, brown sugar and earthy black pepper. The finish was long and fresh.
The sediment in the bottle tells me that this is hitting its peak right now. Great pomegranate and raspberry finish. Creamy red fruits on the nose.
Usually the Filice Connolly Vineyard wine takes a little more time in the bottle. I drank the 2004 in early 2010 and it was hitting its stride. Not this time. Deep, velvety, not quite a fruit bomb but not shy. Layers of dark fruits and the brambly character we love in Zin. Some smokiness. Sure, it could get better, but not a whole lot. Unless you like drinking older wines just for the heck of it, you can open this now. You'll be happy you did, even when you're sorry it's all gone.
The nose showed cherries, prunes and reminded me more of a LBV port than a Zinfandel. The palate was velvety yet fresh with rich red candies and herbs. There appeared to be something off about this bottle and so I left it without a score.
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