Opened by a friend after a Lodi Zin tasting as an example that Zins last. We all wondered if it were alive and, it was. Purple in color, a bit flat but not really looking like it was 27 years old. The nose is dusty with a bit of bramble and woodiness left but also some cherry fruit. On the palate, there is still cherry fruit and some dried fruits. Good balance. Now, this was probably better twenty years ago, and I doubt ageing improved it much, but it clearly has lasted (stored in a wine fridge). A real treat to try now.
As I said in a prior review. Sandlands makes my favorite US Chanin Blanc. Light golden in color. The nose is very nice with wax, orange peel, minerals and slight lemon. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is a nice depth. The orange peel comes thru with a slight waxy note. Good energy. Nice balance. Long finish. This drank great on its own after a tasting of 12 different Lodi Zins. It really cut thru and cleaned the palate and was delicious. drink over the next seven to ten years. This is one mailing list I highly recommend that you join.
Nice to try this with a bit more age on it. Purple in color with some dark brown mix, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is tight but opens to show some black raspberries, dust and just a touch of cider. On the palate, this has prunes along with a bit of green tomatoes although it is much better than that sounds. It probably should be drunk up. This works on its own and would work with a meat based stew.
I liked this (more than the people I was tasting with). It is more claret styled than fruit filled. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has light cherry notes with a touch of smoke. On the palate, a nice texture. Tart and fresh cherries, slight pie filling. Slight tannins. Good acidity. Nice finish. This wine will do better with food. Chili would work well. Drink over the next few years.
This is one of the consistently better Zinfandels from Lodi. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries and coffee along with a bit of an herbal streak. Full bodied. On the palate this has light tannins. Nice black cherry fruit. Maybe a bit of dates. A bit of late heat on the finish. This drinks well on its own and will work well with a steak or a burger off the grill. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is dusty with sour cherries. On the palate, this has a nice texture, but the palate lacks. There is a bit of a tomato paste note along with some cough syrup. It seems a bit thinner on fruit though there is some cherry quality. A bit of menthol/alcohol on the finish. Others I drank this with liked it more than I. Drink in the next few years. It might work better with some spicy chicken wings.