Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley – Bottle Notes

Limerick Lane Winery is in the Russian River Valley just south of the town of Healdsburg. The Del Fava family planted the oldest currently producing vineyard at Limerick Lane in 1910, a field blend consisting mostly of Zinfandel. In 1977, the Del Favas sold their thirty acre property to brothers Michael and Tom Collins. The two brothers began by selling some of the grapes to local wineries including De Loach, Ravenswood and Gary Farrell. In 1985, Limerick Lane Cellars was created. By 2009, Mike Collins was ready to sell and asked his neighbor Jake Bilbro if he would like to buy Limerick Lane and the Collins Vineyard. For two years Jake pitched nearly every bank in California before a local bank in Healdsburg finally agreed to give him the loan.

The property is just south of Healdsburg at the end of Limerick Lane. The fruit goes to Limerick Lane, Carlisle, AldenAlli, Matthiasson and Bedrock.

Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, citrus, earth and pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Powerful, concentrated and big in structure. Black cherry, blackberry, blood orange and white pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Just a really big Zinfandel that could use some time in the cellar. Hard to overlook the potential here. Best over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

I’ve been following Limerick Lane since the early 90’s. Consistently delicious Zins and the vineyard could not be in better hands right now. The mailing list here is highly recommended. The 2019 was just released to mailing list members this week. I’ll be a buyer.

I blogged about Limerick Lane Vineyard previously in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards and A Visit to Limerick Lane.

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