Lagier Meredith
Napa Valley, California
Mount Veeder
Solid purple core, on the dull side, the rims a red brick to clay but not in an aged way, Grapefruit and cedar inflected nose, dried garden herbs, the mentholated touch seems to have lost some oomph, the cherry, dark berry fruit scents blunt and lack length, overall not giving much. Medium-bodied, feels acidic even if Zinfandel is not known as a particularly acidic grape. Lavender, menthol to anise give it more perfumed lift than prettiness. Solid and dense core of cranberry, raspberry, blueberry fruit, just needs the structure to relax in order to shine. Again, cedary and then leathery, the oak has begun to knit in. Almost gamey towards the end. Have to guess that it is in a dumb or shutdown period rather than trailing off. Will wait to open any other bottles.
89 points