Ruby color. Initial aromas include deep berry fruit, spice, floral notes and tea. Berry and ripe cherry fruit on the palate, with bittersweet cocoa on the finish. Moderate levels of fine-grained tannin round out the balanced palate.
Pair with seasoned lamb chops on the grill, beef carpaccio, seared lean steaks, eggplant Parmesan, pasta with a braised meat ragu. As always, balanced and versatile, with just enough pleasant structure to extend its pairing possibilities.
The 2018 Zinfandel Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 is slightly less aromatic, but it offers richer notes of red and black currants, plums, cedar wood, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, it has a rounded, supple, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It will drink well for 5-7 years.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 90 pts.