2013 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
2013 Ellipsis Alvarez Vineyard Zinfandel, (Russian River Valley)
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.