Just north of the pinch in the Napa Valley hourglass, Aida Estate Vineyard certainly sets a fine stage for Bordeaux varietals. While Zinfandel is the star of the show, 12% Petite Sirah holds its own and adds just the right note of intensity in the color, blueberry cobbler, and natural acidity. Gorgeous now, this won’t fade from memory anytime soon and could have you back for an encore anytime in the next two decades.
The 2018 Zinfandel Aida Estate is a blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. Displaying a medium to deep garnet-purple color, it comes prancing out of the glass with opulent scents of baked plums, kirsch, raspberry pie and dried mulberries with hints of fruitcake, prunes, hoisin and spice box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is coated with spicy red and black fruit preserves plus a lively backbone and chewy tannins, finishing savory.JD91
Including 12% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Zinfandel Aida Estate has pretty, slightly restrained notes of plum and mulberry fruits as well as licorice, brambly herbs, and cedarwood. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, chocolatey, sweetly fruited, layered Zinfandel offering plenty of mid-palate depth, sweet tannins, and a great finish. I suspect it will gain more complexity with a year or two of bottle age and should evolve nicely through 2030.