2014 Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Notes from the winery: Nose: In the glass, the nose is dominated by cocoa, tobacco, and dried cherry. The woodsy, briary character of old vine Zinfandel is quite prominent but with time unmasks beautiful notes of lavender, cassis, and fresh mint. Palate: Fresh cranberry, a hallmark of the Primitivo in the blend, mingles with roasted walnut notes and subtle hints of cinnamon and clove. The supple tannins are present throughout and amble between earthiness and minerality. Finish: The transition to the finish is decidedly old world in style, with dark chocolate, cigar box, and a garrigue character that’s rare for American wine. Chefs take note.
750mL. Alc. by Vol. 14.5%