Aromas and flavors of sweet herb, roasted carraway seed, fresh tarragon, and black olive not only frame this wine, they electrify it. With notes of black cherry and raspberry to boot, this wine is exotic and multi-dimensional It is both ripe and round from start to finish and explores the depths to which Zinfandel can go.
93 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Zinfandel Iron Hill Vineyard is slightly less powerful at 15.2% alcohol. Coming from the hard volcanic solid, this wine was aged 16 months in about 30% new French oak and produced another relatively small cuvee of 206 cases from the steep hillsides of the Iron Hill Vineyard. Cohn Compared this wine to a French Côte-Rôtie, and I can see the legitimacy in his analysis. The wine has a fragrance in the nose that almost gives the sense that there are some white grapes contributing to the floral notes in the bouquet. There aren't any, as this is 100% Zinfandel, but the color is not as dense as its predecessor. Still, the complexity and richness are endearing. This fleshy, medium to full-bodied wine displays loads of black raspberry, licorice and a touch of tapenade. This is a beauty and quite a complex offering for Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 5 years. "
Each year Iron Hill is the most Syrah like of the lineup. Grown on steep hillsides reminiscent of the Côte-Rôtie, the wines from Iron Hill are described in similar fashion to those from the Northern Rhône. This vintage has a deeper, more structured cut to it.
This wine tastes of place. Our most Northern Rhône style Zinfandel. Loads of Minerality! As Chapoutier says, this wine is earth inspired.