Dave Phinney, famous from Orin Swift, had been on an eight year hiatus from any production involving Zinfandel. This wine is his glorious and very celebrated return; his second bottling, six more will be released, one each year over the next six years in October.
Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, deep black fig and pink peppercorn dominate; spending time in glass exposes more—dark cocoa, fennel and High Sierra forest floor with hints of sage. The palate is lush, rich, and opulent with stewed blackberries, dark plums and black currants with hints of spice. More flavors add to the quality of the blend— a visceral minerality and fresh Herbs de Provence. Fully integrated with puckering tannins, the wine bows out with finesse from a long, drawn finish.