2012 Spelletich Zinfandel Reserve"
Wine Name/Vineyard: Reserve"
Wine Category: Zinfandel
Grape blend: 100% Zinfandel
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 195
KWG Score: 92 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)
Review date: May 8, 2015
Wine Review: This dark red colored Napa Zinfandel opens with an appealing black cherry bouquet with hints of blueberry and vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty ripe blackberry with notes of boysenberry. I also detected hints of black pepper and plum. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors and moderate tannins stick around for quite a while. This Zin would pair well with barbecue ribs. Enjoy
Winemaker Notes: The first bottling of our Reserve Zinfandel is rife with elegant, gentle, jammy qualities. Between its deep garnet core and magenta rim lies an aura of sultry depth. Billowing perfumes of cinnamon, allspice, and clove intertwine with cola, ripe black cherries, wild strawberries in the field, and heavy cream. Delve deeper and you will encounter subtle yarrow, roasted sweet herbs, bay laurel, and a hint of eucalyptus. Mouthfeel is silky, rich, and deep with a touch of glycerin that delivers a smooth, supple, enveloping sensation. Medium to heavy body is dense yet nuanced, filled with ripe red fruits that echo the nose plus a bonus of juicy clementine mid-palate followed by delicate dusty cocoa that leads to a sublime finish. Drinking beautifully now though this gem will cellar until 2025. Some fantastic pairing options include slow roasted osso bucco, zinfandel braised short ribs, or a grilled pork chop.
Organic status: not organic
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