Monday, February 23, 2015

Old Vine Zin from Truett-Hurst

Truett-Hurst Rattler Rock Old Vine Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($30) This beautiful Dry Creek Valley Zin has Dolan family written all over it. The cozy, velvety, spicy red raspberry and red currant fruit just embraces your whole mouth, but as generous and friendly as it is, there's still plenty of eloquence and nuance to the wine: subtle coriander spice notes, a bit of white pepper, and it isn't overly sweet or syrupy. Dry Creek Valley is the heart and soul of California Zinfandel for me, and this is just another example. It clocks in at a potent 15.8% alcohol, but this wine just works at every level, and you'll just savor it a bit longer than you normally would. Just a genuinely impressive wine from a relatively new label founded by Phillip Hurst and Heath Dolan. This is a good one. I think it goes for around $30 a bottle. (92)

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