On the nose I get aromas of blackberry, ripe black plum, vanilla, and toasted oak. There are also some black pepper notes and cedar from the barrel fermentation that add a layer of complexity but also detract from the purity of the fruit flavors.
On the palate this wine shows flavors of blackberry, over ripe and stewed cherry, toasted oak, and bitter sweet chocolate. The wine is a bit heavy on the oak flavor and is somewhat bland and one dimensional, however it is very serviceable and the alcohol is kept in check. With Zinfandel what I'm looking for is more purity of fruit and a jammyness and ripeness that is only found in the Zins that are small production and artisan efforts. This wine unfortunately falls just a bit short of that. 84 points