2013 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1226476 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Zinfandel from the Russian River is another sexy wine, and one of their largest production cuvées of just under 2,000 cases. It finished at 14.6% alcohol and shows plenty of classic Mediterranean roasted herbs, pepper, spice and full-bodied blackberry and cherry fruit. It’s a classic Zinfandel, very pure, impressively crafted and should drink nicely for up to a decade. Limerick Lane is now owned by the Bilbro family that has made Marietta Cellars such a successful wine producer. They took this once famous, then down-on-its-luck property, purchased it, and are now producing some incredible wines from the 30 acres of relatively old-vine Zinfandel, Syrah and Rhône grape blends in what is considered a relatively cool area. Starting with the much-maligned 2011 harvest, Jake and Scot Bilbro have already built a loyal following for these intense, but incredibly pure and interesting wines. When I saw them in late August, they had already finished about 75% of the 2015 harvest, the earliest by a long shot in their long family history. In any event, here are some very impressive wines, all pretty realistically priced for what’s in the bottle. If you haven’t caught on to the magic that is emerging from Limerick Lane, it’s about time. (RP)  (10/2015)

91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) is one of the more forward wines in the lineup. Generous dark red and purplish hued fruits are front and center. Drink this open-knit, supple Zinfandel over the next handful of years. Limerick Lane is one of Sonoma's most historic estates. Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro have done a tremendous job over the last few years in bringing Limerick Lane back into prominence. The estate is located in the northern reaches of the Russian River Valley, where the wines tend to be both more structured and acid-driven than is the norm throughout most of the Russian River. (AG)  (1/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A more modest varietal wine than some of the producer's block-specific bottlings, it nonetheless stuns in its combination of blackberry crumble, dark chocolate and sanguine meatiness. The texture is luxuriously smooth and lasting.  (9/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A zesty red, with easygoing flavors of cherry and tart wild berry, plus notes of fresh anise and loamy white pepper. Drink now through 2023. 200 cases made.  (6/2016)

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. Since 2011, the winery has been run by the Bilbro family, of Marietta Old Vine Red fame, which bodes well for its future.

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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.

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- 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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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.