2016 Mueller Zinfandel, "Old Vine", RRV

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93 pts - The Tasting Panel "Scents of balsamic, anise and tobacco lead to an elegant palate of  streamlined silk. Concentrated and mouth-coating, flavors of black raspberry, soy sauce and a hint of spearmint leave a lasting impression." - Meridith May 

The 2016 vintage “Old Vine” Zinfandel is a delicious blend.  Over one hundred years ago, when this “Old Vine” vineyard was planted, it was a mix of over 85% Zinfandel, with a dash of other varieties for seasoning such as Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre and even a white variety for spice.  This is called a “Field Blend” varietal, meant to be harvested at one time and fermented together to produce a unique, "one of a kind" wine. 

Bob’s Notes:

Pour a glass and let the wine open for a few minutes.  Raspberries, red cherry and pepper will entice you to take a sip.  The same ripe aromas will echo in the flavors and a pleasant burst of ripe tannins will coat your tongue and extend the pleasure.  Limited use of new oak ensures the maximum impact from this unique and utterly enjoyable Zinfandel.