2010 Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel
A zesty Zinfandel that's loaded with spice, offering aromas of dark cherry and licorice that lead to lively plum, toasty sage and anise flavors. Finishes with ripe, briary tannins. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2012)
High on the delciousness-factor, this shows soft, seemingly sweet flavors of raspberry, cinnamon, smoky butter, sugar cookie and vanilla. It's a little one dimensional, but that dimension is a nice one. Drink now.
Artezin's 2010 Mendocino County is sustainably farmed by select family-owned vineyards along the ridgelines and benchlands of Ukiah Valley. Aromas of red and black berries with pepper and baking spices introduce a supple, jammy palate reverberating the pepper note. Second and third use French oak keeps the focus on the fruit and the food-friendly, bright structure. A blend of 89% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, and 1% Carignan finish the wine from this vastly underrated Zinfandel-producing region.