Saturday, May 5, 2007

2004 St. Francis Zinfandel 'Old Vine'

My friend Johnny brought this wine to dinner this evening. The grape of this Zin is sourced from vineyards at Sonoma Valley, CA. It carries a 15.5% alcohol.

Wine maker's notes:
This distinct “old world style” of wine displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and licorice, rich with spice and toasty oak notes that carry into a long luscious finish.

According to website of St. Francis, this Zin is aged in American oak barrels for 14 months before bottling and held in the winery from 4 to 8 months before release It has aging potential of 5-7 years..

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Initial tight and yields little. After 30 minutes, toasty oak and plum becoming more apparent.

Palate: Nose carries to the palete. The alcohol sticks out throughout but the mouthfeel is quite smooth and rich. Jammy plum and blueberry(?) with faint hint of oak, vanilla and spice in the background. With air, tannins starts to smooth out.

Body: Full.

Finish: Medium. Becoming tannic at around 1 hour mark.

Comment: At time of posting, this Zin is a bit disjointed. It should benefit from 1-3 years of cellaring. Also, at $15-20, this Zin may not be a good QPR wine. I may buy another bottle and compare it with an a similar Zin from the same region such as 2004 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel in a few years.

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