($42) Good deep red. Reticent but lively aromas of dark berries, bitter chocolate and flowers. Began juicy but uncompromisingly dry, communicating an impression of power, but more sweetness and a mocha note emerged with aeration. Broadens out nicely on the back end, which features substantial chewy tannins and hints of cinnamon and mocha.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The 2008 Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard is another awesome example of this varietal. About as good as Zinfandel can be, it is a sexy, voluptuously-textured effort displaying extravagant levels of sweet black and blue fruits intertwined with cedar, spice box, pepper, and foresty notes. The wine possesses a super texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish with no hard edges. It will offer irresistible drinking over the next 7-10 years.