Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2016 - 750ml

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93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard is medium garnet-purple in color and opens with notions of raspberry tart, kirsch and red currant jelly with suggestions of tobacco, mossy bark and dusty soil plus a waft of white pepper. Big, concentrated and powerful in the mouth, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and earthy.

91pts Jeb Dunnuck

This Grand Cru site in the Moon Mountain AVA, the 2016 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyards is all destemmed Zinfandel that spent 15 months in new and used French and American oak. Its translucent ruby/purple color is followed by a medium bodied, fresh, bright, old-school Zinfandel that has notable complexity, plenty of sweet fruit and spice, ripe tannins, and a spine of acidity that keeps it fresh and lively. It's another Zinfandel that's going to age nicely. Rating: 91+

Winemaker Notes

The nose of this wine opens onto a delightful tableau of tiny red berries, balanced against just a nuance of cedar. On swirling, the nose will deepen, showing the layered beauty that is what an old vine Zinfandel can be. Take a moment, and plump raspberries, tart red currants, and just a hint of blueberry jam will unfold. Take a sip, and you will find a rich bed of tannins backing up a bracing acidity. Notice how the front of the palate is crisp, with a distinct character of tart Rainier cherries, and also how it quickly mellows into soft layers of rich brambleberry and cocoa. Overall, this wine is beautifully balanced and designed to age. This wine is unfined and unfiltered. Drink now or hold for 10-plus years.