Green and Red 2008 Zinfandel Chiles canyon, Napa Valley, $20.99, 92 points, has the color of a young Bordeaux with aroma of currant and blueberry, is fruit-forward with a medium plus body and bright acidity. This Zin has remarkable character, having a long finish of white and black pepper. I'm in love with this vintage, it is true to its brambly nature of blackberry, yet is robust where the Neal Zin is vibrant.
Neal Family Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel, "Rutherford Dust", Napa Valley, $22.09, 91 points, is the cleanest Zin I've yet tasted.
The color is budding red rose, and the aroma is sweet plum and blueberry.
Neal has made a quintessential Zinfandel with bramble berry, tongue tingling cascade of spice, dominant plum with hints of cigar, and cherry liqueur, which are almost over-whelmed by the macho zest that is carried by a medium body with good acidity.
The finish is long and captivating with as much spice as Arrakis.
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