2005 Old World Winery Zinfandel Laughlin Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 15.9%
Price at time of purchase: $25.00 (from winery)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): Zinfandel

The 2010 release of the 2005 Laughlin Zinfandel comes at a time when a lot of other '05 Zins have already lost their zip. This one is fresh as a daisy, though it's potency is anything but daisy-like. While dry and possessing nearly a percent more alcohol than the '04, the '05 Laughlin has an aromatic profile quite reminiscent of the port-like '04, which was made in a sweet, late-harvest style. The '05 displays concentrated black cherry, black raspberry, prune, and super-ripe fig fruit on top of a deep, dark core of earthy chocolate, espresso, and subtle oaky spiciness. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, but the texture is mouth-filling and the finish long and rich. A muscular, charmingly idiosyncratic Zin from a great vineyard. - HK 2010-07-13


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