1998 St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines
Sonoma Valley, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 15.1%
Price at time of purchase: $16.50 (Widely avail.)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): Not stated. Assumed 100% Zinfandel.

Tasted most recently on 12/19/03, from a "Limited Edition" magnum purchased at the winery. Surprisingly lively at this age, considering how soft and silky it has been since its youth. Similar to excellent '97 though not nearly as powerful. As usual with this wine, a full-bodied, oaky Zin with penetrating nose of black cherries, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and ground black pepper. The fruit and texture completely hide the high alcohol -- no hotness here. This wine is not going to last much longer, so drink up. - WB Team 2003-12-19


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