2012 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Previously $38)
Exceptional freshness on this nose. Real energy! So unlike the typical Zin. Mid to pale crimson. Juicy but serious. There's slightly baked tarry element but no heaviness whatsoever. Excellent length and completeness. Some sweetness but only in the way that fully ripe fruit is sweet; no berry jammy character. It is definitely Zin but not as we know it. I really can't think of another Zin like this. Ridge Lytton Springs, made nearby, runs it close but this is more high toned. And bone dry. My only concern would be whether it is worth ageing this charming wine. (JR)
"The Doctor is in?" We say: "the Doctor is Zin." Recommended dosage is AT LEAST one glass per meal. Or, between meals. Or, whenever you feel like it. 29 years of tinkering with this tincture has yielded a traditional medicinal Zinfandel. Japanese plum, blueberry, black raspberry, bramble, and sweet baseball glove leather on the nose. Juicy cranberry, ruby red grapefruit, and minerality on the palate. Delicious Nalle Zin with vibrant acidity may not solve ALL of your problems, but neither will water or milk. This two-vineyard blend is 50% Henderlong Nalle Estate and 50% Bernier-Sibary, composed of 82% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane. Pinkies up!" Clever Nalle!