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2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Zinfandel "Decoy"

Winery: Duckhorn Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Decoy"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 87% Zinfandel & 13% Petite Sirah

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $20

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 89 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: March 12, 2014

Wine Review: This ruby colored Zinfandel from the Sonoma Coast opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with hints of cherry and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, approachable and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a ripe red raspberry with hints of red plum and gentle oak. The finish is dry and its flavors linger nicely. I would pair this fruity Zin with some slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: This enticing Sonoma County wine highlights a bright red-fruit and spice expression of Zinfandel. The majority of the fruit came from elite vineyard s in the Dry Creek Valley, an area universally recognized for producing exceptional high-end Zinfandel. The 2012 is perhaps the richest and most robust expression of Decoy Zinfandel we have ever produced. Aromas of spicy dark fruit flow from the glass underscored by oak-inspired notes of vanilla and clove. On the palate, flavors of ripe berry and bramble mingle with hints of Christmas spices and mocha with polished tannins and lingering acidity adding to a long, satisfying finish.

Organic status: not organic

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