Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Grgich Hills Napa Valley 2011 Zinfandel

Grgich Hills Napa Valley 2011 Zinfandel, $29.74-$34.99, 90+ points, poured a mysterious opaque purple/black grading toward a shimmering maroon with a broad clear wine ring at the heavily draped glass bowl.
A complex aroma profile added to the mystery of this Zinfandel; hints of lavender, coffee, leather, black olive, blueberry, and red currant made me wonder if I was dreaming.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity, soft, silky, and layered tannins, with a refreshingly unique gestalt of flavors, including cola, wild blackberries, strawberry, and blueberry.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spices, and a well-integrated sweet-spot 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 98% Zinfandel and 2% Petite Sirah.


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