The nose is a load of blueberries, chocolate, tobacco – and fresh pecan pie, straight from the oven. All of a sudden, it was autumn, and I was diving into a moist pile of leaves in my front yard. That sweet, bold earth scent filled my mouth, and the finish had a plum and cherry chutney element that reminded me of a holiday in Chicago – trees lit up, walking the Miracle Mile and stopping for a hot apple cider. Highly Recommended. 93.
WHO: Deerfield Ranch
WHAT: Old Vine Zinfadel
WHERE: Buchignani/Garcia Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
HOW MUCH: $60 (Trade Sample)