In celebration of National Zinfandel Day on November 18, here’s a list of our 94-point American zinfandels, tasted over the past year.
Ousterhout 2012 Alexander Valley Nance’s Vineyard Zinfandel
This fresh zin comes from rangy head-trained vines planted in 1999 on a volcanic hillside just above the Alexander Valley bench, where afternoon breezes from the Russian River Valley cool the sun-warmed south-facing slope. Winemaker Micah Wirth’s light touch with the fruit emphasizes balance rather than extraction. It’s silky and just plain delicious, fine tannins framing a spicy red raspberry and paprika tang that inundates the senses. For those who enjoy zinfandel in an elegant mode, it’s a revelation.review by Luke Sykora
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