1980 Joseph Phelps Zinfandel

Estate: Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Region: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States of America

Tasting Note:April 14, 2017

Medium tawny brown with watery edges. Love this nose, layers of stinky and gamey notes, burnt and smoked wood, mushrooms, forest floor and some light red berries too. Extremely well balanced and well integrated. Moderate tannins (5/10) and medium bodied. A touch of jamminess on the palate with soft red fruits and some nice spiciness. Insanely long finish. Would be excited to try another one of these that was stored properly.

Was nervous about if this wine had held up. Seemed like it had a little bit of seepage and when we removed the cork it was wet and crumbled straight away. Additionally it was a mid to low shoulder. Nonetheless, this was our first red wine to start off my birthday celebration weekend. We decided to go old on these.

Drink Dates:

2017 till 2019.


95 points.

Price Point:

$ - Purchased from Schneider's in DC for $19.99 a bottle.