2013 Novy "Papera Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel (Previously $33)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is slightly richer and more classic than the Russian River, from a vineyard planted in 1934. The wine is 97% Zinfandel and the rest mixed old-vine black varietals planted probably by the first or second generation of Italian immigrants. The wine has a deep ruby/plum color, a big sweet kiss of steak tartare, beef blood, blackcurrants, sweet cherries, baking spices, herbs and new saddle leather. It’s rich, ripe, full-bodied and opulent. This is a beauty to drink over the next 6-8 years. (RP)
Bright purple. Heady, complex scents of ripe black and blue fruits, incense, lavender and woodsmoke, with a mineral element adding vivacity. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense blackcurrant and blueberry flavors and a suggestion of allspice. Distinctly rich but lively as well, showing excellent finishing clarity and fine-grained tannins that build slowly and add grip. (JR)
A brooding youth, offering bright raspberry and dark blueberry fruit, with accents of smoked pepper, sage and mineral. The tannins are big but ripe. Drink now through 2022.