16 months 30% new French oak, 228L and 350L barrels
10% whole cluster, open top fermentation
As rich as this wine is, it stays very fresh and focused. Flavors and textures that remind me of a great Northern Rhône, with a killer mineral backbone.
91 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
"As for the 2014 Zinfandel Iron Hill, this 100% Zinfandel with 10% whole clusters, aged in 30% new French oak. The wine is deep, briary, rich, supple, with loads of berry fruit, sweet tannins and a lush, heedy mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 5-7 years."
90 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"It is certainly marked by the winery's signature ripeness, yet this nicely focused, solidly structured effort pulls back from the brink and, while a fairly big Zinfandel in most every respect, it is one that relies first on vigorous, blackberry-like fruit. It is not free on heat and, like its companions, comes with plenty of tannic, back-palate grip, yet it nevertheless hints at a bit of sophistication, and we anticipate that it will find a somewhat more mannerly stance once a few years have passed."
Well stressed at a 55 degree slope with great iron exposure provides more red notes in the fruit.