Edmeades, Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California, USA, 2010
This wine: zinfandel with minor additions of petite syrak (aka durif) and syrah; unclear as to whether fermented and/or aged in oak, but the oak recipe is given as 5% new French, 9% new US, 86% used French and US; natural cork closure, 15% abv, Ann et Vin, £18 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of over-ripe black berries edged with toast and spice, morphing into liquorice, rich black cherry and black berry, with touches of cinnamon, savouriness and chocolate; medium-full bodied, softish tannins with supporting acidity ably handle the high alcohol, more black fruits, a bit jammy, liquorice, spice and almond nutty chocolate. A long length, decant for an hour is all that is needed.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of over-ripe red plum with edges of toast and spice, stewed very ripe red cherry, black liquorice with a floral lift somewhere in the background (peony eventually emerges), rich black cherry, black berry, touches of sweet oak, cinnamon and lesser vanilla, a little savouriness creeping in, touch of dark chocolate, sweet tobacco later on.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium well-integrated tannins, high alcohol and a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth velvety texture, with flavours of black berry, black cherry, liquorice, spice, sweet oak, a little smokiness and chocolate-almond nuttiness. A long length with a clean black berried lightly grippy finish.
Quality: very good, synthesis of acidity and tannins present a united foil to the high alcohol, all in keeping with the decent concentration of ripe, if not a little over-ripe initially, flavours; well-integrated tannins, showing some complexity from time in oak and bottle with some tertiary chocolate, nutty and savoury notes starting to develop. A long clean length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for aging – a sound structure, decent concentration, lots of fruit, sound indicative length, suggest improvement over say 2-4 years.