06 Joseph Swann Stellwagen Zinfandel $26 ☺☺☺ 

What a stunning wine, deep fruit from such a light colour. I opened this about 90 minutes and decanted into the Reidel standard decanter. There was about 2 inches left in the bottle once the light sediment started to appear so I let that stay n the bottle. I'm glad I did as I tasted that residue after finishing the wine and it fully justified the decanting. The nose was almost tinned strawberries and chocolate which was surprising for a Zinfandel. The finish was long, very long with that lovely spicy after taste and the warm glow of the higher (14.9% alcohol content. Great value wine. 

© John Holmes 2014