2011 Easton Amador County Zinfandel
Easton’s largest-production Zinfandel, and earliest release, exhibits mushroomy earth tones around a core of baked plum and leathery spice. Soft and round, very accessible and ready to drink, the finish underlines those leathery jolts—the wine would be perfect with barbecue. —V.B.
*Smart Buys* Floral, sleek and elegant, with aromas of raspberry and riverbed rock, offering supple, balanced cherry and spicy fennel flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2017.
*One Star & Good Value* Here is a solid young Zinfandel that exhibits both the ripeness and spice that we expect from Amador County versions, and, if it makes no pretense to polish, the wine is fleshy and balanced with well-managed heat and a bit of firming tannins for grip. It will do the trick now as a gutsy companion to hearty barbecue fare, but it promises to grow for a bit and should be better yet in a couple of years.