Dutton-Goldfield Morelli Lane Vineyard Russian River Zinfandel 2012 Rated 93WE

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Rated 93
Smoky in dark clove and black pepper, this is a smooth, bright Zinfandel from head-trained, dry-farmed vines planted in the 19th century. After skipping the 2011 vintage, the winery returns with this stunner, brambly in succulent blackberry with plenty of intriguing spice.

Wine Tasting Notes
This is a wine whose two most striking points are qualities not often seen together. First, it's got that pinpoint raspberry focus that's the essence of Morelli; but, simultaneously, also shows a fatness and sweetness on the finish that result from the warm fall and extra barrel time. In the nose, the frambois and caramel candy are classic Morelli Lane Zin. It follows in kind in the mouth with unctuous raspberry fruit, a bit of ginger spice and candied cherry. The bright acidity, and moderate alcohol enable the wine to hang together with enticing focus. Give this baby a bit of breathing time and it keeps coming on. Few Zins are as versatile with food as this one. It's especially amazing with pretty much anything off the grill, as well as with pasta in a spicy tomato sauce, or some parmesan or other hard cheese.
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