Earthy and robust in ripeness and tannin, this is a powerfully concentrated and structured wine, true to its mountain roots. Spice, tea and rhubarb mark its midpalate and complement the bigness of its profile.
DeLoach Vineyards Reviews
White pepper on the nose signals this is an interesting cool-climate wine, with a delicate palate of soft integrated tannin to match. Cherry, pomegranate and rose petal accent the palate, with hints of orange peel and dried herb.
This earthy vineyard-designate from the cooler section of the appellation near Sebastopol is spicy and exotic, bursting in white pepper and cardamom. The bold rich fruit flavors lean into orange peel, rhubarb and pomegranate, complemented well by lingering accents of black tea.
Delicious and exotic fruit flavors light up this elegant, concentrated wine. Rhubarb, black-cherry and spiced plum scents are followed by equally generous fruit flavors and deft touches of spicy oak that add nuances of baking spices and black tea.
Jim and Barbara Emmons were raising horses on their property in Riebli Valley, northeast of Fountain Grove, selling fruit from a 4.5-acre parcel of vines before they realized its value in 1978. Several Italian neighbors believed the dry-farmed vines were more than 100 years old, and several wineries began to seek out their fruit, including DeLoach, which started making a Riebli Zin in 2005. Brian Maloney includes a little petite sirah from the same site in the blend, fermenting it separately from the zinfandel. Together, those grapes produce a bright, spicy red, with flavors of briary blackberry and wild blueberry. It’s cool and intense, a clean zinfandel that keeps its gamey side at bay without hiding it completely.
Medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir La Bienvenue Estate Vineyard has a subdued nose, opening to warm red and black cherries and berries, dusty earth, dried leaves, smoke and sweet spice. Medium-bodied, it has a good core of fruit with ripe, grainy tannins and a long spicy finish.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Les Parcelles Cacheés Estate Vineyard has a medium ruby color and aromas of warm black cherry and blackberry pie with notes of woodsmoke, charcuterie, tobacco, earth and sweet spice. Medium-bodied, it has spicy dark fruits in the mouth, firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing oaky. This needs some more time in bottle to (hopefully) soak up some of the new oak.
Reduced in matchstick aromas that compel and blow off, this is a wellintegrated white from a great site, the fruit and oak combining to great effect. Big flavors of anise and pear build around a concentration of full-bodied lushness and lasting texture.
This full-bodied barrel-fermented wine is bold in flavor, rich in texture and showing a plethora of complex and delicious oak and spice flavors. Nutmeg, toasted almond, baked pears and vanilla coat the palate and linger on the finish, while the luxurious texture is nicely balanced by moderate acidity.
Juicy in strawberry and cherry, both thickly concentrated in flavor and richness, this is a bright, complex and tasty wine from the great site, which confounds with secondary characteristics of barbecue meat, char and vanilla bean.
Raisin, plum and cherry contrast against tart red currant in this “finest selection” from the producer. Juicy and broadly approachable, it has a likable thread of acidity that punctures through the hearty rich fruit and leathery texture.
The 2015 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch is medium garnet-purple colored and boldly scented of raspberry preserves, spice cake and prunes with suggestions of Indian spices, dusty soil and tobacco. Full-bodied, packed with spicy dried berry flavors and supported with chewy tannins, it has a crisp line of acid nicely lifting the pruney notions on the finish.
The 2012 Zinfandel Nova Vineyard is more of a fruity Zinfandel with notes of raspberries and cherries, not a lot of depth, but it remains superficially delicious and seductive and can be drunk over the next 1-2 years.