There are few wineries that are almost single-handedly the torch bearer for a varietal. Despite the overwhelming number of Zinfandel producers in the U.S., Larry is in a league of his own. Since the co-founder of Frog’s Leap Winery first left to start his own winery in 1993, he has built one of the most impressive vineyard portfolios in all of California.
Most are made into their own single-vineyard bottling, creating a dizzying array of wines made each year. However – the best value of the whole bunch might be the one outlier. Some of Larry’s most prized vineyards are just too small to bottle on their own.
Taken from vineyards as old as 129 years (even the youngest is over 40 years old), these tiny lots are blended together into one single ‘California’ Appellation wine that is absolutely stunning for the price point.
The 2017 Old Vines Zinfandel is an absolute explosion of dark fruits. Quite easily the most powerful wine I’ve tasted so far this year. It’s not for the faint of heart. Round, juicy and full-bodied but with tons of spicy overtone.
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92 pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2017 Zinfandel Old Vines features exotic spice accents over a core of blueberry and boysenberry compote, crushed black cherries and berries with notes of cinnamon stick and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it has loads of spicy black and blue fruits in the mouth with firm, ripe tannins to frame and juicy acidity, finishing long and very spicy. 12,000 cases produced.
The 2017 Old Vines Zinfandel is an absolute explosion of dark fruits.
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