International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($35; 16.5% alcohol) Deep ruby-red. Reticent aroma dominated by kirsch Fat, thick and huge, with superripe flavors verging on heavy. A bit muted by alcohol, and not yet making its voice heard. Finishes with building tannins.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88A ripe, plump, fleshy and concentrated style that's deftly balanced, with a medley of spice, wild berry, plum and pretty earth tones. Finishes with firm, ripe tannins that let the flavors push through.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93Possessing tremendous finesse for a Zinfandel as well as surprising elegance given its 16.5% alcohol, the 2002 Zinfandel Mead Ranch Atlas Peak (400 cases) exhibits wonderful aromas of blueberries and blackberries, a distinctive smoky earthiness (probably due to the fact this vineyard is organically farmed and planted in red volcanic soil), admirable purity, and super palate presence.Author: Robert Parker
See other similar producers:Elyse Winery,Outpost Wines,Pax Wine Cellars
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
- 165 bottles owned
- 75 collectors