The LangeTwins Centennial Zinfandel 2009 is all Zin, from 104-year-old vines which are sustainably farmed. Alcohol is way up there, at 15.2% abv, although it doesn't drink like it. The wine was aged for 24 months in new American oak. It shows, but the oak is integrated very well and the wine is quite balanced. Less than 200 cases were produced, and the sell at a lofty $60 per bottle.
In the virtual tasting event for which this wine was supplied, there was much support for the LangeTwins Zin, some of which seemed fairly incidental. "Cantara - Mike Brown's winery in Camarillo," tweeted one participant, "using Lodi fruit! He went to school with Lange twins." That's one of those bits of knowledge that may come in handy someday, but who knows how?
The wine has a medium ruby hue and a delightful nose full of brambly black cherry and nutmeg. The palate is rustic and fruity, with vibrant acidity and toothy tannins. Notes of coffee grounds and lavender mix it up and keep it going into the finish. It's really a fantastic Zin - at the price, it had better be.
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