2012 Morelli Lane Zinfandel
We’re thrilled to have our Morelli Zinfandel back as a single-vineyard offering for 2012, after a year hiatus. This winemaker adores the Morelli site, the bonsai-like shapes of the ancient vines, and crafting wine from their fruit. The 2012 vintage is a wonderful reflection of its place, with the aromas and flavors painting a picture of the berries, trees and flowers you pass on a walk down Morelli Lane. The friendly and opulent nose greets you with an immediate impression of brambly blackberry. As you swirl and contemplate this summer berry patch, the floral notes of rosehips come up, underlain with layers of redwood forest, clove and pepper. The mouth is sweet, rich and creamy, with the classic crème-de-cassis the wine is known for, dusky and spicy, but with a lift of bright strawberry. The extended finish is fresh and vibrant, encouraging the next sip. Few Zins are as versatile with food as this one. It’s perfect with summer grilling fare, and also a wonderful pairing for salty cheeses, or just a late night indulgence with special friends. 485 cases produced. 92 points, Wine & Spirits.
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