2011 Easton Zinfandel

Year: 2011
Appellation: Amador County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
California Grapevine: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$13.95
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THIS IS DRINKING GREAT AND A HECK OF A BARGAIN!! OLD SCHOOL!!

"Floral, sleek and elegant, with aromas of raspberry and riverbed rock, offering supple, balanced cherry and spicy fennel flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 6,300 cases made." (WS)

"Here is a solid young Zinfandel that exhibits both the ripeness and spice that we expect from Amador County versions, and, if it makes no pretense to polish, the wine is fleshy and balanced with well-managed heat and a bit of firming tannins for grip. It will do the trick now as a gutsy companion to hearty barbecue fare, but it promises to grow for a bit and should be better yet in a couple of years. GOOD VALUE Reviewed: January 2013" (CG)

"4. 2011 Easton, Amador County ($18) – Medium to medium- dark ruby; attractive, briary, berry fruit aroma with hints of vanilla and dill; medium-full body; rich, briary, spicy, red berry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. V ery enjoyable to drink now. Highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 6,300 cases; 100% Zinfandel; released December 2012. (Group Score: 15.8, 2/1/3; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], third place)(CGV)

Winery Notes:
Our popularly priced Amador County Zinfandel comes from 40-60 year old head pruned vines. These vineyards are planted on our beautiful, rolling mountain sites that have the classic, vermilion-colored, Amador decomposed granite soil. The finished wine 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 French oak barrels. This wine has become our popular, but serious cru Beaujolais-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 Zins available. Although drinkable now, it gains complexity with bottle age. This wine's release each Fall has become highly anticipated by many of our customers.

This is the fifteenth 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 2011 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 2011 bottling follows in the tradition of our previous bottlings. Our Zinfandel’s in 2011 have great fruit, balance, and charm.