Juicy ripe blackberry and boysenberry flavors with an underlying hint of pepper. Pairs with dishes than range from simple grilled meatsand roast chicken or turkey to more exotically-spiced Mediterranean cuisine.--Winemaker's Notes.
I actually preferred the bigger production, less expensive 2010 Zinfandel Heritage Vines (40,700 cases), which was made from a blend of 93% Zinfandel and 7% Petite Sirah, largely from the Russian River and Lodi areas, that achieved nearly 15% natural alcohol. It possesses a dark ruby/plum color as well as notes of roasted herbs, underbrush, ground pepper, meaty, briery, black cherry and black currant fruit, and abundant spice. This offering borders on being too rustic and earthy, but excellent ripeness, structure, texture and richness are all present.--Robert Parker