Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month – 2013 Matthiasson Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The April Zinfandel of the Month is the 2013 Matthiasson Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard.

Matthiasson was founded in 2003 by Steve and Jill Matthiasson. Fruit for Matthiasson is sourced from at least ten different vineyards and the winery is perhaps best known for producing some obscure varieties including Ribolla Gialla and Refosco Dal Peduncula Rosso.

Limerick Lane Vineyard is just south of Healdsburg at the end of Limerick Lane. The vineyard was planted around 1910 by Mario Del Fava and has only been farmed by 3 families in the last 100 years. The fruit goes to Limerick Lane, Carlisle, Bedrock and Matthiasson.

Dark red in color. 13.6% ABV. Super pure nose of black fruits, baking spices and chalk. Medium to full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Tremendous purity of fruit. Distinctly fresh and light. Blackberry compote, black cherry, white pepper and orange peel on the palate. The finish is perfection. Another great Zinfandel from Limerick Lane Vineyard. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2015 Matthiasson Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard will be released this Fall and I suspect pricing to be right around $50 per bottle. There is much to like about Matthiasson and the mailing list is highly recommended.

I wrote about Limerick Lane Vineyard previously in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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