2016 Limerick Lane "Estate" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1381300 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Zinfandel Russian River Estate is another gorgeous wine from this estate. Plums, sandalwood, Asian spices, and a hint of cigar all flow to a seamless, elegant Zinfandel that shows the class and quality of this vintage. With medium to full-bodied richness and building, fine tannin, it has complexity, texture, and length. Bravo!  (6/2018)

95 points Vinous

 The 2016 Estate Zinfandel shows the more powerful, muscular side of the estate. Rich, pliant and creamy, the Estate hits all the right notes. Bright red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and licorice build into the succulent, racy finish. (AG)  (7/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 With a healthy, welcoming intrigue of spice, this estate-grown wine is dusty and leathery in approach and texture, with lovely layers of red licorice and dark cherry. The acidity is interwoven throughout the full-bodied concentration of flavor, with a finishing touch of white pepper. (VB)  (9/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A racy red, with a deep structure and vibrant red plum, cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that build toward big but refined tannins. (TF)  (10/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Zinfandel Estate reveals a vivacious nose of warm redcurrants, black cherries and blackberry preserves with touches of Chinese five spice, forest floor, fertile loam and potpourri. Big, rich and full-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins and a lively acid line, it finishes very long and very spicy. (LPB)  (6/2018)

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By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2018 | Send Email
Wow, what a Zin! I'd characterize the 2016 Limerick Lane "Estate" Russian River Valley Zinfandel as a wine of power and opulence contained in an exceedingly elegant package. The nose offers notes of spice as well as red and black fruit and a hint of cigar box. The palate is opulent with a complex structure, chewy tannins with a long racy finish. The flagship wine of Limerick Lane. This is a phenomenal wine for the money!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2018 | Send Email
A very concentrated and vibrant expression of Zinfandel with a lovely balance of richness and energy. Blue / purple fruit and violets abound. Asian spice, pepper and smoke. Gobs of juicy fruit, bright acidity and brambly qualities. A very intense wine but not overly alcoholic or extracted...just one with clear pedigree and class. I can see why the critics universally went nuts over this wine...It's quite a stunner and really stands out in a crowd. It has an obvious freshness and vitality from the much needed rains that finally came to California during the winter of 2015/16.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.