Nose Aromas of cinnamon and allspice quickly yield to ripe cherry and a torrent of red fruit along with a characteristic hint of tobacco.
Palate Dark and lush, the initial perception of tart raspberry is overwhlemed by blackberry jam, red licorice, and a supple earthiness that leans toward black pepper and anise.
Finish Intriguing in its contrast to the palate, the finish is driven primarily by the briar and spice character of the old vines: layered and dense, with just enough tannin to balance the mocha and barrel toast character from time in the cellar.
Vintage Weather Early budburst and a relatively mild spring laid the foundation for a successful Zinfandel crop in 2016. Predictable summer heat drove ripening without excessive stress on the old, dry farmed vineyards. The younger Primitivo plantings were harvested early as mild weather settled in during September. The resulting fruit provided a beauitful red berry contrast to the darker, brambly flavors from that of the old vines, which were picked later in the month.