2006 Seghesio “Rockpile” Dry Creek Zinfandel

07062009I picked it up at K & L Wines in San Fran back in January while Graham and I were down there for ZAP. It’s a refined big big boy of a Zin. Its nose is a heady mix of blackberry jam, black licorice and pepper spice along with a bit of heat from the 15.6% booze. A sip lets loose a big mouthful of ripe blackberries along with the spice the nose hinted at and leads to a long mineral-edged finish.

To me, this is like the bigger brother of the 2007 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel everyone (including me) made all the fuss over back when Wine Spectator’s Top 100 listed it as the #10 wine of the 2008. Yes, it’s good.

Zin fans who like a bit of refinement with their ripeness should check it out. I’m glad I did.

$29 at K & L Wines in SF – $49.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 1/2 stars

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