Earlier this week I visited with family in Phoenix. My younger brother Ken is an avid wine collector and brought a couple bottles to dinner for us to drink together. Ken got the wine bug many years after I did but still has put together an impressive 800 or so bottle wine cellar. The conversation was lively and loud and the bottles disappeared in the blink of an eye. Both bottles were consumed with cheese and crackers before a lasagna dinner.
2019 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley – Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruit, baking spices and a hint of pepper. Medium body with perfect acidity. Light and elegant, Claret style Zinfandel. Raspberry, cherry, cranberry and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Stunning Zinfandel that is all about finesse and class instead of power. Best over the next 3-5 years. My rating: 94 points.
2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – Light red in color. 13.4% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, citrus and earth. Light to medium body with perfect acidity. Light and earthy. Cherry, apple, blood orange and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Really good but not quite on par with previous bottles from this vintage. I know Ken has owned this since it was released but the bottle seemed a little off. Based on previous experience, pristine bottles will drink well for years to come. My rating: 92 points.
At the end of the day great bottles are best shared with great company and I am blessed to have had this opportunity and look forward to our next get together. Salud!