Our reserve Zinfandel is one of the most concentrated and expressive lots of wine that that Ballentine produces in a given year. Always the last of their picks of Zinfandel, it is generally one of the ripest lots of the year. In the winery we maintain an early aggressive pump over regime that slowly tapers off to a gentle sprinkle as the alcohol builds and the wine develops. This wine is aged in new French Oak for flavor and body development, and new American oak for a spicy complexity and middle palate.
This is a BIG wine, make no mistake about it! It has a deep purple core, aromas of ripe and rich blackberries, blackcurrants, clove, coffee, roasted hazelnuts, and vanilla. Full bodied and velvety with flavors of rich boysenberries, blueberries, mocha, vanilla graham crackers, and caramel. Beautifully balanced with a long finish, this really is a stunning wine!
Alcohol Percentage: 16.2%