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)
My friends call me Tim Skyscraper, mostly because they can't pronounce my real last name. When I was 21, I scored a job in a wine and spirits shop, started writing and never stopped.
More recently, I have contributed articles about wine to the San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, The Wine News, Tasting Panel, The Wave, Cooking Pleasures, Wines & Vines, Vineyard and Winery Management and other wine and spirits publications.
I spend a lot of time thinking about food and music. I do not consider myself to be a wine snob, but I plead guilty to being an unbearable snob when it comes to music.