09 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel ($35) 

A lot of people shy away from Zinfandel because of its high alcohol reputation. This Zinfandel is no exception coming in at 14.5% but it is not overpowering. The wine has a great nose of licquorice and dark fruit, all enclosed by the famous Zin white pepper. In the mouth there is blackcurrant galore and a hint of plum. The long long finish and balanced tannins should hopefully mean this wine will drink for years to come. 

© John Holmes 2014