Medium-dark red-purple. A very deep, brooding nose of blackberry, black raspberry, and earth with just a slight suggestion of eucalyptus. On the palate, tremendous purity with flavors of black fruits, orange, and spice. A very serious Zinfandel with the acidity and tannin to ensure a very long life. Best bet for enjoying this wine is 2016 through 2024.
The 2011 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch is all about plushness. Mint, tobacco, new leather and licorice add complexity to the deep, resonant fruit. This is one of the more straightforward 2011s and has a bit less textural elegance than is found throughout the range. The tannins are firm and also a bit rough around the edges, at least today. The 2011 is roughly 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks from vines planted in 1926. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
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