$49/bottle under the original label
How about a little piece of history?
Propagated from ancient Zinfandel vines planted in the 1800s on one of the Santa Catalina Islands (off the coast of Southern California), then re-planted in the Santa Ynez Valley's Ballard Canyon, this is undoubtedly a unique Zinfandel.
History does not a great wine make however, great vineyards and talented winemaking do; Lot 368 features both in spades. Bright, spicy and effusive, with roughly 33% new French oak, this wine is an elegant, beautiful Zinfandel more akin to a Pinot Noir than a deep and inky Dry Creek Zin.
The 2018 and 2019 bottlings have scored 91- and 93-points from Vinous, and normally sell just shy of $50/bottle at the winery. Needless to say, it's a steal at $16/bottle, a savings of over 65% off the winery price!
Medium ruby in the glass and effusive with bright cherry, toffee, and sandalwood notes complexed with sweet florals and a kiss of rosemary garrigue. Plush on entry, medium-full bodied and immediately lively, spicy and vibrant with ripe-yet-mouthwatering red fruits over elegantly rendered and beautifully integrated tannins. Wow, this wine is deftly-extracted, elegant-yet-rich, and absolutely delicious!
100% Zinfandel, 100% Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley
~33% new French oak