Original tasting and review : This is Laura Michael Old Vine Zinfandel, Mayo Family Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, California, 2010, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled seven years from vintage date, in March, 2017.
Inspired by this wine: A crisp parade in the spring, trumpets blaring from the precision marching band.
In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque from a half inch of the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold black and red berry fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be big, bold but with a galvanizing tartness too.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact consistent with the nose, but bringing considerably more depth and integration. Big, black, brambly fruits are knit together with perky acids and commanding tannins to create a a signgular impact. Finish is clean, subtle and surprisingly quick, given the boldness of the palate.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for its robust yet balanced friendliness, on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale
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