2006 Deerfield Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel, Buchignani/Garcia Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

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
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $60 (Trade Sample)

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