Brilliant ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berry liqueur, smoky spices and lavender remind me of a southern Rhone wine. Round and seamless on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors and showing no rough edges. Closes sweet and long, with echoing spiciness and sneaky, fine-grained tannins.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: May/June 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The 2012 Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard comes from a site also utilized by Larry Turley of Turley Cellars and Morgan Peterson for his Bedrock portfolio. Planted in 1915 in sandy soils on its own roots, this vineyard is owned by Turley's winemaker, Tegan Passalaqua. As I wrote in some of my other tasting notes, it reminds me of a delicate Pinot Noir more than a full-blast, earthy, peppery, spicy Zinfandel. To be bottled unfined and unfiltered, this finesse-styled red reveals lots of sweet cherry fruit, a flowery perfume, and delicate, medium-bodied flavors. No shy wine at 15.3% alcohol, it possesses a silkiness and ethereal nature that is amazing. It has got to be the vineyard and terroir character coming through as it exists in all three Zinfandels I tasted from this source.