My friend Sam brought this gargantuan bottle to a dinner party last December. So, you know, go Sam.
Night-like purple. Very dark. Light barely escapes.
Deep and plummy; almost mulled on the nose. Cloves, woodspice.
Dusty cocoa with rich, candied plums. So incredibly ripe and yet never unbalanced. There's liquorice and softly gripping tannins. Juicy, long and really quite fine stuff. More-ish. Never as dense as the colour suggests. A fineness that eludes most Zinfandels. I've little doubt that it will age beautifully, as Mr Draper seems incapable of making wines that don't, but at the same time, I'm not sure I have the patience.
Tasted 29/12/2011 at Naughton