2010 Limerick Lane Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1116875 89 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Well-defined, ripe-berry fruit sits comfortably at the center of this well-balanced bottling and keeps it on track even as a bit of youthful tannin comes on to toughen things at the end. While the wine is not long on polish or finesse, it is nicely stuffed and has a sense of energy that ensures good things ahead for those willing to wait for a couple of years.  (1/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Lean, focused and indicative of a difficult vintage, showing distinctive raspberry and dill aromas, with tart cherry, anise and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2018.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Low-key Limerick Lane was listed on the "Excellent" list in Robert Parker's "Best producers of Zinfandel" guide, 1999, and has continued to satisfy its faithful with bright red berry, elegant table wine interpretations of the varietal. This 2010 was the last Sonoma County Zinfandel produced by Limerick Lane under the ownership of Mike Collins. Since 2011, the winery has been run by the Bilbro family, which bodes well for its future.

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2013 | Send Email
The 2011 Sonoma County is a food friendly wine that shows a briary, fruity character up front, with a fresh and medium body middle, and a spicy finish. This wine is not over extracted or overly fruity but rather in a more balanced style. It’s a perfect Zin to pair with Barbeque chicken or pork.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5