Earthy spices and a sliver of umami inject themselves into the briary, ripe, potent fruit that comes natural to these 50 year old vines in western Dry Creek Valley. As for the fruit in the David Clinton Zinfandel Mounts, smell and taste pomegranate syrup, dark raspberries, blueberries and cherry liqueur. More complex and “serious” than the average Zin: dry aged beef, nori, black licorice, roast walnuts and black olive and roast black peppercorns make this a wine better suited with food than without. I recommend drinking the David Clinton “Teldeschi” 2015 with or without food and this “Mounts” definitely WITH food. As for what food: roast root vegis, rich leafy greens, five spice white meats and gamey sausages come to mind as excellent matches.
Two Napans, first names David and Clinton, transformed their winemaking hobby into a business in 2010 and have steadily improved the quality and character of their David Clinton Wines ever since. They currently make two single vineyard Zinfandels, this “Teldeschi” with vines up to 120 years of age, and “Mounts,” also Dry Creek Valley, 45 year old vines.
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