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Deep and vibrantly colored: violet and crimson with purple glints. Big, juicy old-vine Zinfandel aromas spanning sun-ripened raspberries, cherry jam and deep cranberry compote take center stage. Supporting notes of dried orange peel, vanilla, juniper berry and sweet bay leaf complement the overt fruitiness and add nuance. With time, notes of oil-cured olive and black pepper emerge. On the palate, fine-grained and velvety tannins balance juicy pomegranate acidity and anchor the lush ripeness of the fruit. A foundation of sweet oak, dusty cocoa, fine tobacco and leather support layer after layer of rich fruit flavors of black plum, cherry cobbler and dried cranberries, finishing with orange bitters and dark berry jam. The bright acidity and plus tannins will reward those who are patient enough to cellar the wine for 2-5 years.
2014 Ellipsis Pinot Noir, Conzelman Vineyard (Anderson Valley)
Bright ruby violet in color. Aromas of dark black and blue fruits dominate the nose – plum, pomegranate, black cherries, blackberry compote and currants. Notes of bergamot, black tea and white pepper add a soft, feminine complexity and a promise to evolve with additional cellaring. Light, soft tannins and juicy acidity bring the plush fruit into balance. Notes of red plum, sour brandied cherries and sweet mocha mingle with tobacco and fig preserve with a lingering, mineral-driven finish. Over time in the glass, the bright red fruit recedes and secondary and tertiary flavors of black pepper, forest floor and mushroom emerge, showcasing the power and structure of this cool-climate coastal vineyard site.
Deeply saturated and inky in the glass - ruby purple with violet glints. The aromas set the stage for this wine – quintessential Petite Sirah notes of blackberry jam, rhubarb pie, baking spices and blueberries are buoyed by a set of savory aromatics of cigar box, wet gravel, espresso and fine oak. The palate mirrors the nose – rich, ripe berry and cherry notes with underpinnings of dark chocolate, and coffee and a hint of hoppy porter. Generous fine-grained tannins provide a backbone to the long, lingering finish of cassis and bittersweet chocolate. With this bottling, the richness and ripeness of fruit is perfectly matched by bright, youthful acidity, giving the wine freshness and balance in this early stage and promising the potential for longer term cellaring over the next 5-7 years. As the wine matures, the jammy notes will transform into plush, darker fruit while the tannins soften and become velvety on the palate, slowly transforming into a highly nuanced and elegant wine.