1997 DeLoach Vineyards Barbieri Zinfandel
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 15.5%
Price at time of purchase: $19.00 (Limited availability)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): Not stated. Assumed 100% Zinfandel.

From 22 acres of Zin planted in 1922 -- young vines compared to some other DeLoach holdings! Candied strawberry-like fruit, slightly hot mouth feel that mellowed a bit after what one taster described as the "initial alcohol flashoff." Tinges of tar, butterscotch, maple syrup were detected, but all the flavors tended to be submerged in the fruit and oak. Good wine, but perhaps too much alcohol to provide the best balance. - WB Team 2000-06-20


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