WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES: The wine is bright and lively with mélange of aromas: predominantly dark cherry, blueberry and plums. This is a very elegant and pure Zin, without any of the heaviness—or often raisiny and porty aroma—associated with Zin sometimes. The fine oak barrel aging in 30% new French and American oak brings in subtle aromas of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and slight toast and smokiness. The mouth feel is solid, with medium body and very soft and elegant tannins that accentuate the wine’s long and juicy finish. Zinfandels, when balanced, are very versatile food pairing wines with broad range and this wine will satisfy your palate with many of your favorite dishes. The wine is delicious now, but with some patience and proper aging, in 2–5 years it will be even better.