2014 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Estate Zinfandel (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California)
I talked about Limerick Lane a month or so ago when I discussed the Siduri Pinot made from their fruit, which has since been replanted to Zinfandel, and noted that it's one of the best sites for Zin in California. I'd probably put them in the top producers for Zinfandel in the world, along with Ridge, Scherrer, Hartford, Bedrock, Carlisle, Martinelli, and Turley. That's pretty rarefied company, but the wine speaks for itself.
Limerick Lane was long one of the best producers of Zin, founded in 1986 with vines dating back to 1910, but the estate fell into a bit of disrepair in the early 2000s. Jake Bilbro, whose family owns Marietta cellars, purchased the estate in 2011 and has really turned it around. The estate Zinfandel incorporates grapes from the entire estate including Rocky Knoll and the 1910 block.
This wine is almost black in the glass, with a huge rambunctious nose of ripe, wild brambly black fruit, pepper, and clove. On the palate there is an earthiness and acidity that is surprisingly elegant, along with heaps of pure fruits and well-structured but robust tannins that will take years to truly integrate and soften. This is a serious wine and the finish is long and very complex. I'd recommend decanting unless you put it away for 5-10 more years. At $40 it's well-priced for single vineyard zin and is delicious.