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NVWE Notes: From its deeply rich aromatics, to its palate-coating fruit, extravagant spice and rooty undercurrents, this knockout Zin delivers everything that the designation “old vines” suggests. The nose neatly harmonizes scents of black cherry, raspberry, red currant jam, black plum, dried red cherry, violet and rose with savory notes that include black peppercorn, black tea, licorice root, vanilla, clove, cedar and leather. Everything is juicy-rich on the palate, where a blast of red and black fruits, peppery spice and licorice root dominates and carries through to a lingering finish where focus and balance are hallmarks. 100 cases produced, from a vineyard planted in 1930.
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NVWE Notes: Dragonette takes a gentler, more early-drinking approach to Duvarita fruit in contrast to the powerhouse style Paul Lato favors, so this wine caresses rather than overwhelms. In the nose, scents of grapefruit sorbet, lemon drop, lemon curd and quince jelly create a racy counterpoint to richer notes of white peach, tarte tatin, orange soufflé, brioche and white rose. The same zesty-creamy interplay brings a sleekness to otherwise palate-coating flavors of lemon cream pie, baked green apple, quince, white peach pit, grapefruit zest, orange zest, almond, toasted hazelnut and to a pretty strain of Crenshaw melon that grows ever richer with airing. The finish is long and texturally rich, yet a hint of saline minerality keeps everything dinner-worthy. 175 cases produced.
NVWE Notes: The rich aromatic cornucopia that this bottling so often provides is on full display with the 2014. The nose layers scents of mango, guava, Asian pear, green apple, lemon grass, pink grapefruit, lime zest, tangerine oil, peach pit and dried peach over a subtly mineral background. Things prove as plush as expected on the palate, where the fresh and tropical fruit flavors are contrasted by peach pit, dried peach, Persian raisin and lemon grass, the whole carrying through a lingering finish where hints of grain, brioche and “riverstone” minerals peek through. And if considerably better in another year or two, this one is loads of fun already. 225 cases produced.