2013 Benovia Sonoma County Zinfandel

15.2% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.61, 322 cases, $38. Released September 2015. De-stemmed, fermented in open-top fermenters, aged in thin-staved, 30% new Bordeaux barrels on fine lees without racking. I tasted plenty of Zinfandel in my early wine enthusiast years and this wine stands up to many of the best. · Moderately dark purple color in the glass. The nose leads with a mash of fresh berries and cedary spice. Luscious dark fruits engulf the palate, but hold a discreet presence. Beautifully balanced, with a sustained finish that sports a modest wave of dry tannins. A Burgundian-fashioned Zin. Score: 90. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Benovia Winery
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