Sunday, August 21, 2005
2002 Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
88. Lake Sonoma has done it again. Another value-priced, large-framed, voluptuous, jiggling hussy of a Zin -- Rubenesque is maybe a nicer way to put it. Black ruby color. Explosive nose of chocolate, oozingly ripe blackberries, peppercorns, caramel, and a hint of prunes. Rich, ripe -- almost overripe -- mouthfilling fruit. Long finish. Denser and fleshier than the 2001 (reviewed a couple of months ago here), but maybe a tad less complex in the mouth. I would drink this within the next year, as it is my experience that Zins of this style don't last long before they start to fall apart. But while they last, boy are they fun. About $12 at Spec's on Smith and on Westheimer.