Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel 2008
Bright ruby-red in the glass with good clarity and intensity of color, this 2008 Zinfandel draws you in, delivering rich aromas of bright red berry, slightly earthy briar berry, alluring spice and rhubarb pie, all complemented by soft, well-integrated oak tone. The palate opens clean and soft, building smoothly with very nice tannin integration - soft in texture but firm in overall presence. Dried currants and ripe blackberries are accompanied by notes of fresh vanilla bean while the finish echoes the rhubarb pie from the nose.
Wine AdvocateThe 2008 Zinfandel Estate displays more pepper, herb and a Provencal-like garrigue character, but the wine finishes short and lacks some stuffing. Drink it over the next several years.