International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90($35; 15.7% alcohol) Bright ruby-red. Very dark aromas of crushed blackberry, cassis, violet and mint. Slightly stunted, primary flavors of crushed berries. Strong acidity and firm tannic spine lead to a distinctly muscular character. This rather tough wine has a considerably lower pH than the Hell Hole.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2005 Vieux-Os Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard possesses a dense ruby/purple color and notes of black raspberries, cherries, incense, underbrush, and spice. It is full-bodied, pure and, for a Zinfandel, surprisingly elegant in spite of its 15.7% natural alcohol. Both Zinfandels should drink well for 5-6 years.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 70 bottles owned
- 21 collectors