Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateReviewer, Antonio Galloni - The 2011 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch is all about plushness. Mint, tobacco, new leather and licorice add complexity to the deep, resonant fruit. This is one of the more straightforward 2011s and has a bit less textural elegance than is found throughout the range. The tannins are firm and also a bit rough around the edges, at least today. The 2011 is roughly 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks from vines planted in 1926. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
Winery NotesIt’s amazing to think that the fruit from these now 85 year-old vines used to be used for white Zinfandel. It’s even more amazing to think that this vineyard was nearly ripped out a few years ago! Of all the Zinfandel vineyards with which we work, none so often provides us with as perfectly balanced fruit as Montafi. Indeed, in 2011, it was simply a matter of picking, destemming, letting it ferment on its own, and barreling down until bottling. No adjustments needed. It doesn’t get much simpler. As usual, bottled unfined and unfiltered.