It’s The Last Fair Wine Gone Down, Good Lord …

*Spoiler Alert! This post is about the coming release of the LAST WINE of 2013 to be released through our ATP Program!



It’s the last fair deal goin’ down
Last fair deal goin’ down
It’s the last fair deal goin’ down, good Lord
On that Gulfport Island Road

Ah, my ATP friends, can you believe it’s come down to this?

You get the ankles, and I’ll get the wrists
It comes down to this

It’s the very last ATP wine of 2013! This is the end!

This is the end
Beautiful friend, the end

And what a year it’s been; it’s been a very good year …

But now the days grow short, I’m in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine from fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs, and it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year

Consider the 2013 offerings to date:

2008 Lytton Estate Syrah

2010 Carmichael Zinfandel

2009 Buchignani Zinfandel

2009 Mazzoni Home Ranch Zinfandel

2011 Buchignani Carignane

2009 Lytton Estate Syrah/Grenache

2007 Petite Sirah Dynamite Hill

2011 Triangle Carignane

Only a few of these are even available any longer! How can it be that we’ve already had to say “So Long” to so many?

So long, it’s been good to know ya
This dusty old dust is a-gettin’ my home,
And I got to be driftin’ along

And so it is that we are here, with the last wine of the year.

The last wine.

The last ATP wine.

The last limited-production, winery-only ATP wine.

You want it all but you can’t have it
It’s in your face but you can’t grab it
What is it?

What is it?

It’s the 2010 Lytton Estate Zinfandel


2010 Lytton Estate Zinfandel
75% zinfandel, 25% petite sirah
Winemaker Tasting Notes

Black pepper, cocoa, tobacco, black currants and a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Blackberry and plum fruit flavors followed by full but well coated tannins, firm acidity and a long finish.

Each year, having separately harvested and fermented the various parcels planted at Lytton Springs, we select the wines that best represent the vineyard’s character, and best complement each other in blind tastings. Occasionally one of these, though outstanding alone, does not integrate well with the rest. In 2010, this was the case with several small blocks on Lytton East, where most of the vines are over one hundred years of age. The high proportion of petite sirah, coupled with bright acidity typical of the vintage, yielded wines of immense structure. Fermented on natural yeasts, the wine aged for thirteen months in air-dried american oak. This full-bodied Lytton Estate will soften and evolve over the next ten years.
–JO (10/11)

I quite happily tasted this wine today. Some quick notes below:
Aromatics: Lifted, high-tone, classic brambly Dry Creek spin on cherry vibes; mostly red-berried, perhaps one black bing to the dozen, and a healthy dose of black pepper …
Appearance: Clear, bright, pale and lighted at the limn, concentrated and dense at the core; legs are medium-weight, stocky and numerous, moving languidly and even …
Front: Bright acid tip of tongue, some lip-to-tooth tannin, wide palate spread, a darkening of the fruit, headed towards pluot …
Middle: Petite Sirah-ness starts to flex, full-on tannin presence emerges, laying wide and dry on the back of the tongue; bramble notes stay predominant as the fruit blackens, surprisingly even-keeled and welter-weighted given the tannin architecture; no alcohol burn at all, very temperate and controlled, though overall, the wine still feels a tad tight; a good airing out will definitely soften the structure and draw out the layers …
Finish: A bit short still; the wine is clearly young, and still opening up. The potential is stunningly obvious, and there is clearly power, focus, and concentration to come, but the grip needs to loosen a bit for the fleshier pluot components to really express, and the back end needs to widen and complexicate …
Summary: A very well-built offering that seems destined to evidence the best of what this singular combination can offer: old-vine concentration, a bright acidity vintage, densely structured petite sirah, and a modulatedly decadent mouthfeel equalling a sophisticatedly muscular zinfandel of rare focus and density …
Lyrics quotes above taken from (in order of appearance):
Last Fair Deal Gone Down, by Robert Johnson
Down To This, by Soul Coughing
The End, by The Doors
A Very Good Year, by Frank Sinatra
So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Ya, by Woody Guthrie
Epic, by Faith No More

Categories: Carignane, Grenache, Lytton, Lytton Springs, Petite Sirah, Rhone varietals, Syrah, Tasting Notes, Varietals & Blends, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine Clubs, Zinfandel

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