2015 Calistoga Zinfandel
The 2015 vintage will be remembered as a warm growing season overall, with an early start to harvest and quite low yields. The effects of the drought induced vine stress early in the spring and high temperatures persisted throughout the summer. These conditions forged incredible density and ripeness of flavor in the fruit and really let the old vine character show. Typically, these vintages need some time in glass for the flavors and texture of the wine to integrate.
The rich, ripe character of the vintage comes across immediately on the nose with blackberry jam and cocoa along with cinnamon, clove, and sandalwood. On the palate, the wine opens with classic brambly and smoky characteristics of old vine Zinfandel with notes of tobacco, flint, and bacon fat commingling with fresh figs, black walnut, and plum sauce. The finish comes gracefully amidst dusty tannins, dark chocolate, black pepper and creme de menthe.
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