Lot 725 Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2018
Hughes says the Lot 725 Zinfandel is sourced from a "pioneering, family-owned estate," one of the oldest in Sonoma County. The unnamed winemaker has experience in both the Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. This Zin was aged for more than a year in oak, alcohol hits 15.5% abv and the retail sticker is only $17. It could easily be much more.
This wine is luscious from the first pour. Bright red cherries and vanilla notes on the nose show a wonderful balance that is found in good Zinfandel grapes, carefully vinified. The mouth is full and rich, hefty and zippy at the same time with a beautifully fresh acidity. I've tasted Zins this good before, but they cost twice as much.