A whopping 138 cases were produced. 100 percent Zinfandel from the Saucelito Canyon estate vineyard (some of which dates back to 1880 … they also bottle an "1880" Zinfandel, which we'll review sometime). $40.00 retail per bottle, but very difficult to find.
Very ripe, very rich, smooth, sweet fruit aromas, dark berry character, hot hot hot but oh so delicious. A deep dark raspberry jelly character, with a spicy hit. A deep dried fruit and nut character. Luxurious and luscious.
This is a barrel selection from the winery's estate Zinfandel 2008 vintage (they also bottle a "regular" Estate Zinfandel). The winery suggests "aromas of ripe black cherry, white pepper spice and black mission fig … juicy plum and rich black pepper."
This is a rare and remarkable wine, from a distinctive south Central Coast vineyard site that has been producing Zinfandel for 130 years now. It was bottled about a year ago, and just now released.
The label reports 15.8% alcohol. Not for the faint of heart, but certainly for the lover of luscious things.
DAH is David Anthony Hance at ZinSite.com and SteampunkWines.com