Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateAnother knock-out offering is the 2012 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch, a blend of 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks (Alicante Bouchet, Grand Noir, Peloursin, Aubun, Trousseau and a handful of others). Very rich with a seamless, full-bodied style, this wine is loaded with black and red fruits, spice and subtle oak in addition to well-integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol. This big, voluptuously-textured, full-throttle Zin should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
Winery NotesTasting Note: Medium-dark to dark ruby-red. Powerful, penetrating aromas of black raspberry, blood orange, bay leaf, and earth emerge from the glass. Quite concentrated and palate-coating. Red and black berry flavors are enhanced by tangy acidity and supple tannins. A less nervy, more voluptuous wine than the 2011. Optimum drinking for this “grand cru” Zinfandel should be from late 2014 through 2022.