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★Bedrock, "Old Vine" Zinfandel, California 2020 (Special Effort Here) ($30)
Tasting Notes: We often feel the geographic diversity of our vineyards rationalizes all the extra driving, and the travails of 2020 underscored this with a big ol’ Sharpie. Though unfortunately we lost a few lots due to smoke exposure, we were able to lean into the strong vintage at Esola, Schmiedt Road, Evangelho, Old Hill, Bedrock, Nervo, and others to make a classic rendition of Old Vine Zin. The largest single component comes from the old vines at Bedrock, followed by the perfumed goodness of Esola, the softer but fresh Schmiedt, and the peppery, dark-fruited Nervo Ranch. As usual, almost all of the wine consists of declassified barrels from vineyard-designated wines, so it offers serious bang for the buck.
★Martinelli, Zinfandel "Vigneto di Evo" Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2019 ($38)
Tasting Notes: Our Vigneto di Evo” Zinfandel has energetic aromas of wild strawberry, sweet leather and star anise lift and fill your nose. The palate has balanced acidity and elegant tannins with layers of chocolate and black cherry. Sweet and juicy flavors of blackberry and baking spices linger through the finish.
★Limerick Lane Cellars, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 2020 ($45)
Tasting Notes: Aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, lead pencil, and underbrush. Flavors of cherry, strawberry, and wet stone. Mouthfeel is broad, chewy, fresh, and lingering.
★Black Sears, Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, 2016 ($85)
Tasting Notes: The 2016 vintage is being hailed by critics as another classic for Napa Valley, drawing comparisons to 2013 for both the even growing season and the quality of the wines, as well as their age-ability. Visually, the 2016 Black Sears Estate Zinfandel is a maroon velour curtain at the opera, lit at the edge by the bright stage lights portending the drama to come. The nose is more white pepper than black, with an abundance of rocky mountain-top. On the palate, this is a heady, intellectual Zin that, like a rhythm from Buddy Rich, seems to dance around the very concept of Zinfandel. The wine is dry on approach, with the sense of black and red fruit almost implied by the abundant spice and minerality before it blossoms on the tongue. And it’s this minerality that really defines this wine. Without any water from the heavens in '16, it’s as though the roots resorted to drinking the iron itself from the kaolinitic clay in the soil. The finish is bright and sunny, with a lingering, statuesque impression of red fruit carved out of stone.