2013 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.