De Loach 1997 Pelletti Ranch Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)

De Loach really nailed it in '97. It's hard to pick a favorite from among the five “Ranch” Zins, but this big (15.5% alcohol), effusive wine is as good as any. Blackberry fruit explodes from the glass, with lots of vanilla from the American oak. Ripe, round, plummy and aromatic, with fine balance through the finish, which registers just slightly hot. Paul Gregutt

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