2014BrocZin2014 Broc Cellars, Zinfandel, Vine Starr, Sonoma County.
Chris Brockway’s post modern winemaking approach, going for juicy flavors and low alcohol (this 2014 has only 12.8%) shows considerable success in his Vine Starr Zinfandel that is both new and a throwback style, a hearty red that shows dynamic fruit and rustic charm with lifting fresh acidity. The latest release shines with pure raspberry, tart cherry and tangy plum fruits, chewy tannins and cedary spices, it was fermented with natural yeasts and aged in neutral well seasoned French barrels. As a fan of Brockway’s Berkeley based urban winery I find this vivid lighter style Zin refreshing and full of charm with lots of appeal and even better with food, it finishes with an entertaining play of pepper, sage, minty herb/licorice and currant coulees. Best to decant if drinking now, a little patience required here, this young wine will gain with a bit more time in bottle, best from 2016 to 2021.
($26 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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