St. Francis Old Vine Zinfandel 2009, Sonoma, CA

ZinTasting:          Date: April 03, 2013

Varietal:         Zinfandel

Country:         USA, CA

Tasting Date Price:  $23.99

Rating:  95 WA / 90/ WS / 90 WE

Alcohol Content: 15.7%

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Visual Aspect: Dark ruby

Nose:  Pepper, spicy tobacco and ripe blackcurrant

Palate:  Black cherry & vanilla bean followed by a long luscious finish

Food Pairing:  Any grilled meats; pork ribs, leg of lamb, beef, sausage, venison

Classic old vine Zin.  Great structure & offers aromas of black cherry jam, clove, nutmeg & salted caramel.  Flavors of juicy raspberry & vanilla bean are followed by a finish of freshly ground pepper.

“Old-vine complexity is more apparent in this wine than in the Tres Viejos, perhaps because this wine is fresher. There’s a firm, dynamic acidity that drives it, lifting the juicy fruit away from the deeper mineral tannins and then bringing them back together through a long finish; Both fresh fruit and tannins last on equal terms. Air brings up the details of plum skin, pear and jasmine, the wine exuberant as it rolls over and begs for some grilled meat.”

Winemakers Notes:  A classic old vines Zinfandel that pays tribute to its heritage, this wine offers aromas of cigar box, pepper and spice. Flavors of ripe black cherry and vanilla bean are followed by a long, luscious finish.

 Tasting Notes:  “A conspicuously modern wine, Pavie with its hyper-ripe fruit and substantial new oak treatment stands out as an offense to some, a glorious pleasure to others. In the case of the 2004, it carries the oak beautifully, untamed by it. The wine is wild, in fact, and quite hard to resist. The cool complexity of the tannins grows out of three terroirs: the limestone plateau, a sector of gravel and limestone and a third sector of clay. The fruit opens with thick-skinned black plum power, reverberating with feral scents and violets. Staunch and formidable, the wine is packed with life.” 96 Points Wine & Spirits “A brilliant effort from proprietors Chantal and Gerard Perse, Pavie’s 2004 (7,050 cases) exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color, a surprisingly soft, forward style for this hallowed terroir, full-bodied, and concentrated creme de cassis flavors intermixed with cherries, truffles, and subtle smoky wood notes. Beautifully-textured as well as expansive, this may be the most developed and forward Pavie made by Perse since his acquisition of the property in 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025+.”
95 Points  The Wine Advocate


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