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2016 Once and Future Zinfandel "Oakley Road Vineyard"

Once and Future 2016 Oakley Road Zinfandel

Winery: Once and Future

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Oakley Road Vineyard"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 90% Zinfandel & 10% Carignane & Mataro

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Contra Costa County

State or country: CA

Price: $42

Cases produced: 150

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: August 21, 2018

Wine Review: This dark red colored Zinfandel from the Oakley Road Vineyard is very good. It opens with a fragrant craisin and strawberry bouquet hint of pomegranate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a strawberry and raspberry blend with notes of oak and blueberry. I also detected a dash of cinnamon and touch of minerality. The finish is rather dry and its moderate tannins build up in your mouth and stick with you for a while. I would pair this gem with Roy’s rib roast. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Oakley Road Zinfandel is planted on the same sandy slopes as the Oakley Road Mataro. These vines, planted around 1900, are on their own roots. Coming out of the sand with multiple arms like hydra, they are truly bush vines. The vineyard has about 10 percent Carignane and Mataro interplanted with the Zinfandel. The wines have bright, ripe flavors, and are very spicy, with fresh acidity and smooth fine tannins in the finish.

Organic status: not organic

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