Conn Guide 93 Pts Orcio is a small-lot experimentation with wine that has been fermented in amphora, an old-fashioned clay vessel whose use arguably produces clean, smoother, fruit-focused wines. And while this variant from the Cassata Vineyard is very much to our liking, it does not rise above the more typical large-vessel results achieved with its vineyard mate. That said, this version seems to be also somewhat rounder and richer if not quite so tight and in need of long-aging. It is not without tannin, but being a tad less hard in texture, it is the more inviting of the two and, in any event, both are exceptional.
Reviewed: January 2019
92 Pts Wine Advocate Scented of blackberry pie, prunes and sultanas with hints of new leather, fried herbs, tilled soil and oolong tea, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Zinfandel Orcio Cassata Vineyard fills the full-bodied palate with dried fruit and earthy layers, supported by chewy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long.