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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

2009 Alysian Bradford Mountain Block Three Zinfandel

I believe this is a brand new release for the winery and as such the tech data and info. about the vineyard is still not available on their website. However, what I do know is that the wine is from Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley AVA and that it's a small 157 case production with a suggested retail of $36.

On the nose I get aromas of dried cranberry, cherry, red raspberry, red plum, baking spice, sandalwood, and mineral notes. This is definitely a cooler weather style with a minerality and dried red fruit quality that normally wouldn't be found in the more jammy and hot weather Zinfandel's.

On the palate the wine has a savory and delicious stewed red berry quality that almost melts over your tongue. I definitely get flavors of red raspberry, bing cherry, dried red currants, cranberry, baking spice, mineral, and just a touch of oak.

This wine definitely has great acidity and almost resembles the balance of the Alysian Pinot's. It's more of an elegant and focused style that will pair well with food and isn't over ripe, alcoholic, or clumsy. I really like this wine, but I would pose a caution to those looking for jam....this is not the wine. In fact, I would really recommend this Zinfandel to Pinot Noir enthusiasts looking for an alternative. 90 points

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