From one of Fiddletown’s oldest vineyards, with vines going back to 1865, this zin is staunch and dark when first poured, showing mostly spice and umami characters of cinnamon, tar, mace, olive, and a whiff of espresso. Fruit is a faint back-note behind all the savor…until day two, when a rich core of dark red plum and cherry flavors take over the wine, girded by robust Italianate tannins, ferrous and firm, with acids shoring up the middle palate, so compact, as if the wine is crowded with flavor.
Easton 2018 Fiddletown Rinaldi Vineyard Zinfandel
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