1997 DeLoach Vineyards Pelletti Ranch Zinfandel
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 88

 
Alcohol by volume: 15.5%
Price at time of purchase: $20.00 (Last year's release, so it may be hard to find. Current ('98) release is available from the winery.)
 
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): 100% Zinfandel

Black cherry, more plum/prune than berry, with some vanilla, presumably from the oak. At 15.5%, a little too much alcohol for its own good, perhaps. But big, brawny, and tasty. Hot feel in the mouth from the alcohol, but still reasonably smooth. Not obvious it would get better or more velvety with age, but who cares? It's a big delicious young zin. - WB Team 2000-04-19

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[HK  2012-04-27] It hurts me to think that the old DeLoach vineyard is no more, and that these great single-vineyard Zins are being made elsewhere for the most part.  User Rating: 88.