Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The spectacular 1999 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard (1,700 cases of 15.9% alcohol) is compelling. An opaque garnet/purple/plum color is followed by an exotic bouquet of smoked Peking duck, plum sauce, blackberry and cherry liqueur, and Asian spices. The wine is exquisitely concentrated, thick, viscous, and rich, but dry and remarkably well-balanced, with a blockbuster finish. It should drink well for a decade. Year in and year out, the following wine gets my nod as one of California's greatest Zinfandels.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 89A bit much with the sweet fruit and the alcohol...plum flavor dominates...probably best with a roast brisket that has a prune or other dried fruit sauce...2nd tasting on 8/8/2009 with a mesquite-smoked bbq brisketmand it was much more balanced now and much better...this time I would up the score to 91-92Author: ebgreenb
In 1973 Lee, Sr., Leno's son, took over management of his Uncle Tony Bondi's estate in the Russian River Valley and made his mark as a premium grape grower. He and his wife Carolyn realized the potential of their crops and started their own winery and tasting room in two converted hop barns. A chance meeting with Helen Turley in 1993 introduced a slew of progressive viticultural and cellar practices that catapulted them to the next level.
See other similar producers:Patz & Hall,Brewer-Clifton,Hanzell Vineyards
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 114 bottles owned
- 54 collectors
- Average collector rating: 89
(Out of 54 collectors)