2009 Easton Zinfandel

Year: 2009
Appellation: Amador County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Red Wine
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"Jammy and briary, with wild berry, white pepper and anise aromas and baked cherry and loamy earth flavors that finish with tart, rustic tannins. Best from 2013 through 2016. 5,400 cases made." (WS)

"It is not uncommon to find an extra bit of rustic toughness in Zinfandels from Amador County, and, if this solid effort makes the point, it delivers lots of nicely formed blackberry fruit as well. It is sufficiently tannic to warrant a few years of age, and it may never find polish, but it has the kind of fruity richness and depth to keep itself in fine fettle for several years to come. Reviewed: May 2011" (CG)

Winery Notes:
This is the thirteenth release of our popularly-priced Amador County Zinfandel. It is made from grapes that grow on our beautiful, rolling mountain sites that have the classic, vermilion-colored, Amador decomposed granite soil. The 2009 has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas,with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months time it receives in, only, French oak barrels. This wine has become our popular, but serious cru Beaujolais-styled/Rioja crianza-styled Zinfandel that has found its way on to many great restaurant lists across North America where it is often listed “by the glass ”. It is consistently rated one of the top Zinfandels in its class and one of the best value Zinfandels available. Although drinkable now, it gains complexity with bottle age. This wine’s release has become highly anticipated by many of our customers each year. We think this 2009 bottling follows in the tradition of our previous bottlings.. Our Zinfandel’s in 2009 have great fruit, balance, and charm.