Glass-staining ruby. Powerful cherry and blueberry aromas are complicated by dried flowers, allspice and minerals. Fleshy, gently sweet black and blue fruit compote flavors are firmed by silky tannins and pick up a candied lavender note with air. Rich but in no way heavy, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering sappiness. This looks like it will drink well young but also has the depth for aging.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: May/June 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
Morgan Peterson reveals his DNA with the 2009 Zinfandel Stellwagon. A brilliant, irresistibly sexy, full-throttle Zinfandel, it displays abundant pepper, herb, bouquet garni and meaty notes as well as fruit, glycerin and high octane. This classic California Zinfandel can be drunk over the next 5-6 years.