Ottimino Zinfinity Zinfandel 2014 | Delicious & Versatile Old Vine Bargain
Ottimino Zinfinity Zinfandel 2014 displays bright ruby in the glass. Warm red cherry aromas, tinged with, blackberry and blueberry notes. Also, juicy plums, vanilla bean, and baking spices round out a lush palate. While angular, well-structured tannins glide to a mouthwatering finish. From Zin-master Winemaker William Knuttel.
Winery | Dense aromas of spicy black plum, ripe cherry, blackberry, and bramble are lifted by notes of creamy oak. Flavors follow-on, with the entry adding hints of raspberry and cassis. Dense, juicy tannins flesh out the mid-palate, which leads to a firm finish of great length and persistence.
Much like the great Napa Cabernets of the vintage, this Ottimino Zinfinity Zinfandel 2014 isn’t simply rich. But beautifully structured and almost Claret-like. Almost a throwback to the phenomenally age-worthy Paul Draper Zins of the 1980s and early 1990s. Yet as good as cool-climate Sonoma Zinfandel ever gets for $15 per bottle. Most of all this is a stone-cold case buy while it lasts.
Sonoma 2014 Zinfandel Vintage – a home run
While fashioning rich, juicy, wild-berry Zinfandels braced by cool-climate vibrancy, Knuttel has earned a reputation as one of the most talented Zin-makers in Sonoma. Furthermore, following in the steps of his mentors, Joel Peterson at Ravenswood and Paul Draper at Ridge.
Since Sonoma’s 2014 vintage for Zinfandel was the greatest in over a decade, with Wine Spectator delivering a 94-point vintage rating. While lifting the fortunes of all. And delivering what may be the most luscious Ottimino effort yet. Finally infused with exquisite primary-fruit aromas.
Winemaker William Knuttel
Longtime California Winemaker William Knuttel continues to focus on ultra-premium winemaking throughout his career. While Knuttel’s philosophy is to produce a broad range of wines in various styles within any given vintage. Rather for the simple reason that a winemaker only gets to make a limited number of vintages over his lifetime. Hence, this wealth of experience has led directly to his adherence to traditional winemaking practices. As a result, delivering balanced, elegant wines that pair well with food. And have excellent aging potential—the hallmarks of classic wine.