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2013 Sky Vineyards Mount Veeder Zinfandel (Previously $30)

SKU #1506053 93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark As I noted last summer, the 2013 Sky Zinfandel is a first class bottle and every bit as fine an example of Mount Veeder terroir as those illustrious Cabernets made just up the hill at Mayacamas! The bouquet is pure, soil-driven and complex and shows just how serious this varietal can be in the right hands, as it wafts from the glass in a classy blend of black raspberries, spit-roasted game, fine mountain soil tones, cigar smoke and a panoply of exotic spice elements in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely transparent, with a lovely core of fruit, suave, moderate tannins, tangy acids and great focus and grip on the complex and very, very promising finish. This is a serious, relatively low octane Zinfandel (13.4 percent) that is going to age long and gracefully, and though it is quite approachable today, its promise is too good to drink it without at least a bit more bottle age! I am late to the party for these lovely Sky Vineyards Zinfandel, but they are some of the most beautiful examples of this varietal still made in all of California and I cannot wait to visit the winery and really get a feel for what is going on here, as it is all very, very good! Inner quote mark (7/2019)

K&L Notes

Planted in rugged, red, rocky, volcanic soils some 2,100ft up Mount Veeder, Sky Vineyards is a breathtaking place. After working at Mayacamas and Beaulieu Vineyards, Sky Vineyards founder, Lore Olds, purchased this remote piece of land and has been hand-crafting unique and complex wines every since. The vines are tended with organic and biodynamic principles. The fruit is crushed in a tiny, 100 year old wooden basket press and raised in entirely old, neutral French oak. The resulting wines are singular in character with a stunning mix of wild spicy fruit, wonderful earthy tones and structures that will see them cellar for many decades to come. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L domestic wine buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2020 | Send Email
One of the more complex Zinfandel based wines I've ever tasted...no scratch that....one of the more complex wines I've ever tasted, period. If you're looking for a soft, jammy, fruit bomb - this wine is not for you. This is old school, structured, grippy, mountain grown Zinfandel that will age with the best Cabernet based wines in your cellar. To be honest I think this wine really tastes more of Mount Veeder than of Zinfandel per se. The wine has some beautiful dusty red fruits, brambly, briary notes, lots of cedar, earth, cigar box, aromatic spices of cumin and clove plus bass tones of smoked meat and crumbly earth. It is at once quite rustic, but also refined and lifted. Even at 7 years of age this wine still has formidable tannin structure and a taught acid line that both indicate this wine has a few decades of ageing potential...maybe more.

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