2012 Optima Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Estate: Optima Winery

Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States of America


Tasting Note:March 19, 2016

Second wine tasted tonight by Optima Winery. This was tasted over a two day period. We first tasted this upon opening and noticed it had slightly harsh tannins and lots of spicy notes, so we gave it a decant for two hours. Wine was a deep garnet red. Lovely nose with terrific bouquet of floral notes and light boysenberry followed with thick secondary notes of dark baking spices like cinnamon. Palate started off a little jammy, nothing like some of the Zins out of Paso or Napa. Then opened up with some dark berries and thick spices. Moderate plus tannins (7/10) and a moderate body. Spicy notes up until the moderate plus finish. There was just a little bit of heat in the finish. This wine could use another year in the bottle and then enjoyed for the next five or so. Definite potential to improve with that little bit of time.

Drink Dates:

2016 till 2024.


89+ points.

Price Point:

$$ - Provided as a sample from the estate. Retail price from estate is $30.00.