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Sapphire Hill 2004 Old Vine Zinfandel, Bastoni Vineyard Sonoma County

This vineyard was planted in 1903 and the resulting wine has a heap more barnyard than you'd expect in a Zin. This may be due to the fact that this is also 17% Alicante Bouschet and 3% Carignane, but then again, maybe not. There is also a bit of "brat" that lends a hint of anise and mellows out with some decanting. Picked this one up at, yup you guessed it, the Grocery Outlet for about $6 and it's worth at least $20. Grab one if you see it.


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