2016 J. Wilkes Zinfandel
Paso Robles Highlands
Primary vinous (black-grapey) aromas with peppery, spicy forest-floor, earthy raspberry and blackberry. Fruity, bright and calling my name (‘Wes, come and DRINK me!’)
Bright, fruity, elegant side of Red Zin-at under 13.9% alcohol this is a fantastic wine to consume for hours with delicious food and friends. Red berry fruits dominate the attack, mid-palate and persistent finish, with hints of spice, pepper, and bramble. Mouth-watering acidity keeps the wine fresh and perky and also gives an excellent structural lift for the red fruits to play out on the palate.
Hamburgers, pasta, pizza, tri-tip steak, and mushroom/eggplant/goat cheese Napoleon, oak-grilled.
Drink or hold. How long? Zin doesn’t care. But I do, I would think 2020 for some maturity, 2025 for full.
Brilliant, opaque ruby.