Expressing the unique character of a cool climate Zinfandel on Goldridge soil, Radio-Coteauís Sonoma Coast Estate vineyard resides on a sun-drenched coastal ridge top above the town of Occidental. Lemorel is a tribute to the pioneering winegrowing family, folks who not only planted some of the first coastal Zinfandel, but also built the old historic winery back in 1906, currently still in-use though retired from original intent. After 22 months in wood and another year in bottle, the infamous one and only Lemorel Estate Zinfandel, vintage 2013, is ready to rock and roll.
The 2013 Radio-Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel from the Sonoma Coast is unique. The nose and palate are decidedly Zinfandel, exhibiting dark fruits of ripe black cherry, dried fig as well as red fruits in the form of raspberry and cranberry jam. A less expected dried apricot element lingers over the nose and palate. Keeping with the Zinfandel character are spices of bitter chocolate and cinnamon giving way to earth on the palate. Finally, its mineral character driven by high acidity and structure, distinguishes this Zinfandel.
Planted in 1937, 1946 and 1981
VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016