2009 Hendry "Block 7 and 22" Napa Zinfandel
Classic Zinfandel, rich and robust and high in alcohol, with enormously ripe blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors, sprinkled with Zinís pepper, cinnamon and clove spices. This full-bodied wine raises Zinfandelís rustic nature to Napa elegance.
With top notes of sweet berries and suggestions of dark soil in the nose, this fleshy, fully ripe, fairly broad-shouldered working is solidly varietal in focus. It hints just a little at dried grapes as it finishes, yet it does a very good job at hiding its heat, and it is fit with enough central fruit to stay the course for a few years as its nominal tannins ease.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Zinfandel Blocks 7 & 22 comes across as rather evolved. Crushed flowers, dried red fruit and sweet herbs linger on a delicate, fleeting finish that suggests the wine needs to be drunk sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Well-focused, with cherry and cracked pepper aromas and appealing but tightly wound plum, loam and cedar flavors. Best after 2013.