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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2006
Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 92746)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of black cherries, spice, violets and cola berry are the most prominent; but raspberries, salted apples, coffee and cedar chest are also layered into the profile. Flavors are full, soft and supple, with good intensity of fruit flavors. The berry and cherry flavors linger on the palate until you taste it again; the tartness of the finish goes from cherries, to stonefruit, to minerality.

The 2006 vintage has a softness on the palate which is a result of the higher PH and lower acidity in the wine; easy to drink young, or will grow more complex with three to five years of cellaring.

"Winemaker Van Williams marches to the beat of his own drum up in Mendocino County. He has turned out a beautiful 2006 Zinfandel that sells for a song. This has got to be one of the better values, and of course, 2006 looks to be a vastly superior vintage to 2005 for Zinfandel. This wine, which has some Petite Sirah, Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache blended in, exhibits deep ruby color and a big, sweet nose of peppery black cherry and raspberry liqueur intermixed with spring flowers and earth. The wine is medium to full-bodied, ripe, and altogether a hedonistic mouthful of big Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
-Wine Advocate

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About Edmeades:

Established in 1962, Edmeades is located in Mendocino County in Northern California, a place with long traditions in viticulture dating to the turn of the century when the gnarled vines they use in their Zinfandel wines were planted. While winemaker Van Williamson has great regard for time-honored methods, innovative winemaking takes place in this secluded Anderson Valley enclave. Being in close proximity to the ocean, cold climate plays a major part in producing award-winning wines of generous varietal character.