The wines from 2012 are really growing on me. I have to admit that initially, right after putting them into barrel, I was a little perplexed with what I tasted. They didn't have the sweet flesh that I was expecting from the warmer season. What I tasted was more akin to a cross of '10s and '09s. Great dark chalky tannins, like the '10s, but definitely more ripe aromatics like the '09s. However now, as I taste them, they keep gaining more and more flesh. They just took their sweet time showing off the fruit driven side to them. It is quite peculiar, which leads me to believe these wines will only keep getting better and better as they evolve in the bottle and will reward some patience.
The Paderewski wine is the crowd pleaser. The wine is everything you have come to expect from the Paderewski Vineyard. It's a real chameleon, with a lot going on. One minute it's showing Zinfandel fruit and the next it's all muscle and chalk from the Tempranillo component, while the healthy chunk of Mourvèdre nicely holds everything together. The Temp is like the 300 pound muscle bound bouncer that's keeping everybody in line! Earth, spice, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, and plums, lots of ripe plums. That was last week, by the time you try it who knows what this crazy blend will taste like.
Bold and richly structured, this wine shows plenty of personality. Huckleberry, smoky mocha and herb aromas lead to deep, ripe flavors of savory plum, black licorice and mineral. The tannins build power on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2023. 454 cases made.
Zinfandel is especially prominent in the 2012 Paderewski Vineyard. Dark red cherries, kirsch, sweet spices and wild flowers are all laced together in a silky, gracious wine. The Paderewski is quite pretty, but also a bit subdued, perhaps because of its recent bottling. It will be interesting to see if the 2012 fleshes out in bottle. The blend is 45% Zinfandel, 36% Mourvèdre, 12% Tempranillo and 7% Syrah.