Author rdalehiteSite / BlogTrust Rating
Tasted On 04/03/2015
While I love Edge Hill and Leslie Rudd's wines I think my taste and pallet is going in a different direction. While this is a nice Zin blend it's very big, very syrupy, and doesn't provide the "ummph" that I used to love about this wine. Maybe it's past peak. Big blackberry notes and deep dark ink to the nose. Nice finish
This is an extraordinary field blend of fruit from relatively young vines. Sadly, there are only 100 cases produced, and the vineyard, which is near the famed Hayne Vineyard in St. Helena, is capable of doing remarkable things. The 2003 Mixed Blacks is composed of 50% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and the rest Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, and Alicante Bouchet. A superb effort, it was aged completely in French oak, of which 25% was new. Its black color is accompanied by a beautiful bouquet of flowers, creosote, blackberries, blueberries, and white flowers. Huge and rich with tremendous purity as well as an Asian spice/incense-like character and a remarkable finish, this impeccably well-balanced blockbuster should drink well for 5-7 years. What a shame there is not more of this great wine made by winemaker Charles Thomas from a vineyard owned by Leslie Rudd.