I’ve been a fan of Richard Arrowood’s winemaking talent since the late 80’s—I’d even go as far to say I have a crush on his wines. In 2010, he relinquished Arrowood to open Amaploa Creek and his winemaking style continues to impress. The unfiled and unfiltered ’09 Zinfandel produced from 118-year-old vines, which yield a meager three-quarter to one ton per acre, really showcases its ripe, rich full-bodied structure. I’d call this one a dark berry blast from the past. It is multifaceted and mysterious with chewy tannins, unrivaled depth with warm spices. The complexity brought by long summer Sonoma days really coaxes the blackberry cherry goodness from this late-ripening grape. Grab yourself a smoker, set aside 18-hours and barbeque some pulled pork to compliment this balanced and berrylicious Zinfandel; 293 case production. Drink now or hold through 2018.
This wine is from the Monte Rosso vineyard a location that my palate has grown fond of over the years and this Zinfandel from Richard Arrowood delivers all the style this vineyard is known for and incorporates the distinctive style of winemaking Richard is known for. With a 9% dose of Petite Sirah juice added to the mix, this is a burly but complex wine that may not appeal to everyone but if you’re from the school of bigger is better when it comes to Zinfandel you will definitely enjoy this wine. If you have experienced a recipe recently that overshadowed the wine you served with the cuisine, get a bottle of this and try that recipe again. I guarantee the wine will not be over shadowed. Showcasing an explosion of cassis liqueur and overripe blueberries aromas, the bouquet pleasantly assaults your olfactory senses. The flavors reflect the aromas with a little grilled fennel and some floral violet qualities thrown in. It is a very hedonistic experience that the finishes long, plush and softly smoky. Richard Arrowood has revitalized the reputation of what Sonoma Zinfandels are capable of with this wine.
Rating: Excellent (92) | $42 | 16.1% ABV