This has been a relatively generous vintage from the beginning of its life in barrel. While it is unmistakably in our rather elegant [delicate] style, it has always had this intensity of fruit that makes one want to drink it in its primary stages. What I like about this kind of vintage is that you can enjoy it fairly early on, as well as later, where its balance between substance and delicacy will support a long life.
I think of this as a multi-berry tart. Blackberry, raspberry and cherry notes play tag with the toasty/spicy/loamy counterpoint at this stage. Those of you who came to the August barrel tasting of this when offered on futures know what I’m talking about, others like this as well: ‘Tasted from barrel, the 2013 Zinfandel Old & Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Layers of dark blue and black fruit, smoke, tobacco, incense and licorice flesh out as the 2013 shows off its exuberance and power. Hints of lavender, cocoa and leather add the final notes of complexity. Today, the 2013 is super-expressive. (92-94 Points) Antonio Galloni [February 2015]
2013 was also a somewhat more generous vintage quantity-wise so fortunately it is possible to have enough bottles to enjoy at all stages of development without compromise. Folks who have been doing the futures program with us attest to the value of having enough of a wine to develop a relationship over time.