2010 Montelena Estate Zinfandel
Nose Loaded with rich layers of spice, coconut, and brown sugar along with big fruit notes of plum, boysenberry, and hints of dried fruit as well.
Palate The palate opens smoothly with soft round tannins rolling across the tongue and a firm acid core, both working in harmony to establish the balance and structure of this wine.
Finish Rounds out by the smoked meat notes on the finish.
The 2010 growing season was persistently cool – summer never really showed up – all the way until the third week of August when a scorcher of a heat wave moved through, causing a ton of sunburn throughout the North Coast where many growers had dramatically opened up their canopies in an effort to get some sun on the fruit and avoid mildew. The cool season also provided for a lot of time on the vine and the great flavor development that comes with it.