Angels & Cowboys excels at blending Sonoma fruit sourced from the County’s best growers. Their 2016 is incredible value, not a wine to miss. Sonoma County is blanketed by a tapestry of exceptional vineyards. The winemaking team tracks down singular lots of fruit that hail the subtleties of Sonoma sub-regions, from Carneros to the distinction of Sonoma Valley, the refinement of the Russian River Valley to the abundance of flavour found in the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. This particular release combines 60% Zinfandel with a supporting cast of Petite Sirah, Malbec, and Syrah.
In Sonoma County, the warm, dry winter of 2016 was reminiscent of the previous four years of drought, with above-average temperatures and minimal rainfall. Cool temperatures and significant rainfall in early spring effectively slowed growth in the vineyards and prolonged the growing season. A cold spell mid-May during bloom reduced yields somewhat, but overall, grapes benefitted from the extended growing season, developing profound depth of flavour, gorgeous colour, and resolved tannins.
There’s no denying it: this is a big, bold, soulful, flavourful wine. Richly concentrated, juicy, and dense with woodland berries, ripe dark cherry, bergamot, and fig, the wine is accentuated dark chocolate and barrel spice. The palate is all mouth-filling body and silky texture. Nicely integrated new and old French oak accentuate the layers of spicy dark fruit. The finish is long and decadent.
90 points + Gold Medal, Critics’ Challenge 2018