2014 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1280779 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Zinfandel Estate is primarily Zinfandel, but there are other grapes in this mixed black field blend, including Peloursin, Négrette, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignan. This is a sensational Zinfandel, with an explosive nose of pepper, raw meat, blackberry, black raspberry and cherry. Deep, chewy and dense, it finishes at 14.8% natural alcohol... The owners of the well-known Marietta Cellars, the Bilbro family, have taken this once-moribund producer, Limerick Lane, and resurrected it to impressive heights of quality. This estate always had some fabulous terroirs spread among their 30 acres of relatively old-vine mixed black blends, dominated by Zinfandel and, to a certain extent, Syrah. They started with a difficult challenge, the 2011 harvest, but brothers Jake and Scott Bilbro hit pay dirt and have continued to build on that success with fabulous wines in 2012, 2013, and again with the following 2014s. (RP)  (10/2016)

93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) is flat out delicious. Supple, silky and enveloping, the 2014 captures the full personality of this site. Succulent red cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and sweet pipe tobacco are front and center. This racy Zinfandel will drink well for the next 10-15 years, perhaps more. Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro have decided to concentrate on separate properties. Jake Bilbro is now overseeing Limerick Lane on his own, while Scot is focused on Marietta, the BIlbro family's first winery. As always, the Limerick Lane wines are potent, which may be a massive understatement. The vineyard is planted with a number of different varities, but this is Zinfandel country, so it is hardly a surprise the Zinfandel-based wines are the stars in this range. (AG)  (1/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Juicy and balanced in red and black berry, this is meaty, smoky and accessible wine, as complex and sultry as any of its vineyard or block-designates, yet softer and rounder, ready to play. A handful of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Peloursin and Negrette are included. (VB)  (6/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctive violet, blueberry and raspberry aromas open to layered and expressive flavors of smoky beef, cracked pepper and dried sage. Drink now through 2024. (TF-WS Insider)  (2/2017)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2017 | Send Email
This is the most engaging vintage of this wine I have tried. While it is big, it is a RRV Zin after all. There is a freshness and balance to this wine that has you wanting to take a second and third look at it. Ripe and juicy cane berry fruit tones are on the nose and the palate backed with lots of spice and smoke. It is not just about the fruit, it is the structure and concentration that supports the delicious fruit, without it drawing any attention away from it. It is the ripe tannins and acid that give this wine a dynamic pop!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
The Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel is made from some of the oldest vines in the Russian River Valley, with the youngest vines on the property being 47. The wine reflects the depth and the character of these grapes, with a floral and spice aromas of violet and star anise. There is definitely a ripeness to this wine, and fruit flavors of blackberry and ripe raspberry abound, but the baking spice and black pepper components of this wine provide a backbone that holds things together nicely. Refined and robust!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
Not only is this a delicious, well-crafted Zinfandel, but the people behind it are awesome as well. This is Limerick Lane's flagship wine that's bold and rich without being jammy or sweet. There's plenty of dark berry flavors with rich cocoa and meatiness backed with great acidity and structure. You can't go wrong with a bottle of this!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
What I love about Limerick Lane's Zinfandel is that it captures the essence of great California Zin in it's bold, rich majesty but without any overt sweetness or overly confected characters. It's a big, dense, chewy wine that certainly isn't shy- but it's also authentic, balanced and faithful to the most quintessential of California flavors. Frequently international visitors to the Bay Area ask us at K&L for wine recommendations to take home; their tendency is often to gravitate toward Napa Cabernet and whilst there is no shortage of stellar Napa Cab, I'm love to give them Zinfandels such as Limerick Lane...this is truly the type of wine that most authentically conveys the states vinous history (and it's just darn delicious).

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
I am a huge fan of this producer’s Zinfandels, I have even aged some, and not a lot of producers can make Zins that age... Limerick's Zins, though, age gracefully and mellow. Dark ruby color, dense, deep and aromatic, this Zinfandel shows ripe blackberry fruit with hints of tar and cocoa powder. ( Not a bad thing to drink sooner than later as well ).

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
Our friends at Limerick Lane, brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro, continue to turn out spectacular bottlings from the old vines on their property. Blackberry, cassis, blueberry, raspberry, Santa Rosa plum, mineral and spice, with medium plus acidity and medium tannin. A gorgeous, well balanced, elegant Zinfandel to enjoy now with BBQ or steak, or to tuck away in your cellar. This lovely wine has the bones to age- but only if you can keep yourself away from it long enough! As Robert Parker has said, "If you haven't caught on to the magic that is emerging from Limerick Lane, it's about time."

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
I tasted this newly released 2014 two weeks ago at our weekly staff tasting and it was right up my alley....not a big, jammy style but, one with balancing acidity and spice and tobacco flavors. It does start off ripe and juicy on the palate, but, it is a flavorful, red fruit juiciness that has peppery spice and raspberry/boysenberry fruit. This makes it super versatile for both drinking on its own and enjoying with pretty much everything from grilled meats to barbecue. Having had experience with older bottlings from Limerick Lane, it will also age very, very well for at least 4-5 years.

Staff Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
This is one of my go to's when customers ask me for powerful and rich Zinfandel. Loads of blackberries, cherries and and a nice amount of smoke fill the glass, while black pepper and bacon fat add character and complexity. Big velvety tannin and juicy acid are all found, but are seamlessly integrated. Another outstanding offering from Limerick Lane!

Additional Information:



- 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.

United States

- 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.


- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.