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2008 Dutton Goldfield Zinfandel "Morelli Lane Vineyard"

Dutton Goldfield 2008 Morelli Lane Zinfandel

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Morelli Lane Vineyard"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 100% Zinfandel

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 197

KWG Score: 91.7 (based on 4 reviews)

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

Review date: August 4, 2010

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Zin is quite impressive. It opens with a very fragrant spicy black raspberry bouquet with a hint of pomegranate and black pepper. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a very tasty black raspberry with notes of spice and black pepper. There is also a hint of blueberry mixed in as well. The finish is dry and its very fine tannins are well controlled. This Zin is food friendly and paired quite well with Keith’s delicious steak tips. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This is a wine whose two most striking points are qualities not often seen together. First, it's got that pinpoint raspberry focus that's the essence of Morelli; but, simultaneously, also shows a fatness and sweetness on the finish that result from the warm fall and extra barrel time. In the nose, the frambois and caramel candy are classic Morelli Lane Zin. It follows in kind in the mouth with unctuous raspberry fruit, a bit of ginger spice and candied cherry. The bright acidity, and moderate alcohol enable the wine to hang together with enticing focus. Give this baby a bit of breathing time and it keeps coming on. Few Zins are as versatile with food as this one. It's especially amazing with pretty much anything off the grill, as well as with pasta in a spicy tomato sauce.

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