Another excellent, reasonably-priced Zin from this Calistoga area producer. (I reviewed another Zin from this producer here.)
Dark ruby-garnet color. Fragrant nose oozes out of the glass with smoky sandstone scents, baking spices, and sappy blackberry juice. Deliciously rich fruit coats the mouth, with a perfumey spiciness and loads of gravelly minerals. Long, long finish with pure fruit and just the barest tad of peppery heat. Really good acidity for such a voluptuous wine, too. A- I think this one was around $17 at Spec's on Weslayan, but I will verify when I track down the receipt.