This vintage of Commander was picked a few days before the Napa fires of 2017. Commander Zinskey is a time traveling zinfandel for the ages. Reminiscent of an old school California Zin of the mid ’70’s when zin was revered for both its intensity AND unique character at the dinner table. Aromas and flavors of tree ripened red plum meet lush strawberry and rich, ripe black cherry. Its juicy flavorama extends through the mid-palate and is framed with just the right amount of delicate French oak. The turbo chargers kick in with a finish that suggests cocoa powder backed by nuanced barrel spice. The star of the show is the balance of fine tannin with a freshness that carries a long finish. The wine continues to evolve in the glass until the last few drops are poured. Wistfully, only 119 cases were made.
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