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Saturday, January 10, 2009

2004 Lambert Bridge Old Vine Cuvée Bacchi Vineyards

The 2004 Old Vine Cuvee from Lambert Bridge is an Italian style field blend of 70% Zinfandel and 30% Petite Sirah. The Bacchi Vineyard is a 100-year-old vineyard located on Limerick Lane in the Russian River Valley. This is a small 375 case production that was aged in 50% new French oak for 10 months. 

On the nose I get lots of dark fruit aromas of black currant and cassis, hints of anise and pencil led, and a dose of tar and melted licorice. The flavor profile follows suit with deep and extracted notes of cassis and black currants, blackberry, and melted black licorice. This wine has loads of bold cassis, vanilla, and spice and reminds me a bit of a California Syrah rather than a Zin/Petite blend. The only thing that speaks Zinfandel is the brambly nature of this wine and the alcohol on the finish. Overall it's a nice bottle of wine but it needs time to decant and perhaps a plate of lamb chops! It's tough to score wines like these because they aren't really my style, but based on the category I would say this is an 88 point wine.

 
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