Joe Martin established St. Francis Vineyard in 1971, planting 22 acres of Chardonnay and the first 60 acres of Merlot in Sonoma Valley. After achieving great success as a grower, Joe opened his own St. Francis Winery in 1979 with his business partner Lloyd Canton. Katie Madigan is the winemaker who oversees the Zinfandel program.
Purple in color. 15.2% ABV. Super nose of red and black fruits, anise and pepper. Full bodied with ample acidity. Modern in style. Bursting with lush fruits. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. This is a big Zinfandel that is easy to drink and should be appealing to most. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 90 points.
The wine is widely available and should be a go to in the sub $20 Zinfandel category.