2009 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley
The nose confronts you with notes of sweet peppermint, cedar cigar box, allspice, dark earth and chocolate. What an introduction! The nose alone will hold your interest for a long time. Once tasted, the flavors do not disappoint; they expand upon the promise of the nose. This is Zinfandel as it should be, as it was meant to be but seldom achieved. It is Deerfield at its best, as always.
Ultra-premium Pennsylvania oak barrels brought out the true Zinfandel flavors – that hint of vanilla and spice. The wine was allowed to age for its first eight months on the fine lees left from fermentation. This added mouth feel to the fruit and spice flavors. The barrel aging continued until, by taste, the wine told us it was time to bottle.
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