The high alcohol (16.1%) indicates ripe, port-like fruit. Raisins and plums fill out a gamy, fat, seriously oaky monster. This is not food-friendly; it's really more of an after-dinner, Friday-night kind of wine. But if you like your Zinfandel over the top in all respects, this is your bottle.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.