This Zinfandel shows a bright, garnet red color with medium density. The nose is loaded with rich layers of spice, coconut, and brown sugar along with big fruit notes of plum, boysenberry, and hints of dried fruit as well. Beneath all that there is a rich but subtle earthliness reminiscent of hoisin. The palate opens smoothly with soft round tannins rolling across the tongue and a firm acid core, both working in harmony to establish the balance and structure of this wine. Ripe blackberry and bright strawberry flavors fill the mid-palate, all beautifully complemented by the nutty underlayer, and rounded out by the smoked meat notes on the finish.
At the Montelena Estate we have 9 1/2 acres of 30 year old Zinfandel vines, and about the same of 9 year old Primitivo-Zinfandel. For the last several years we used a proprietary name for the Zinfandel blend, "St. Vincent”, since it was pretty much half California-Zinfandel and half Primitivo-Zinfandel. Ahhh, but now we just call it what it is ... good old Zinfandel. Genetic testing has determined, and the ATF has agreed, that Primitivo and Zinfandel are synonymous. The Mighty Montelena Zinfandel is back!