Marietta Angeli Cuvée 2016
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley|
The 2016 Zinfandel Angeli (96% Zinfandel, 2% Syrah, and 2% Petite Sirah) comes from Alexander Valley in the northern part of California. Its plum/purple color is followed by a rockingly good bouquet of spiced plums, cedar, sandalwood, and exotic spice. Medium to full-bodied, focused, elegant and seamless, with a silky texture, it’s very much in the style of the 2016 vintage. While already hard to resist, it should keep for 6-7 years. It’s a great value.
Marietta’s 2015 Zinfandel Angeli is plush, deep, dense and beautifully textured. Expressive floral and spice notes add lift and nuance to this fresh, impeccably balanced Zinfandel. The purity of the fruit here is striking. The Angeli is clearly the best of the three high-end 2015s in the range, probably because the earlier set for Zinfandel was more favorable for the development of canopies than was the case for the Cabernet and Syrah that inform the Game Trail and Gibson Block bottlings.
One of the producer's new single-vineyard wines, this shines with savory leather, black pepper and spicy red-fruit flavors. Layered and compact, it has an underlying grip of tannin, ultimately finishing soft and easy on the palate.