06 Porter Creek Old Vine Zinfandel ($35) ☺☺☺ 

I have never seen the attraction of drinking wines really early in their life. In fact I've always erred on the side of caution and this 06 tends to prove the point. Typically wines of this price point are drunk within one or two years of purchase but this one we have kept till it was more than 5 years old. The results speak for themselves. This could easily be confused with a Cabernet, it is so dark, deep and complex. The underlying fruit is all cherries and blackberries but the distinctive Zin pepper style has mellowed and the tannius are soft and velvety. When we tasted this initially in 2007 we were of the opinion it would last as the balance appeared just right the notes were "great keeper with structure 91 points". Nice to know we get it right some times !!

© John Holmes 2014