Cougar's Leap Winery
2008 Black Rock Zinfandel
California: Lake County
The Man of 100 Points
Last year, we named Nils Venge our Winemaker of Year, during our annual Wine Spies Wine Intrigue Awards period. We recognized Nils for his excellence, consistency and style; his wines are also some of the most beloved among our faithful Operatives.
High in the Red Hills of Lake County Nils makes his Cougars Leap wine from his high-elevation, obsidian soil vineyards. With these wines, he strives for exceptional quality - at an exceptional price. Does that sound familiar?
Today’s 2008 Cougars Leap Zinfandel, which is planted on St. George rootstock, is a big, smoky, delicious wine that begs to be enjoyed with smoky-sweet BBQ or a pepper crusted steak.
Decant for best results and enjoy your bottles over the next several years.
Dark and foreboding with opaque dark garnet hues. Many rounds of skinny, tightly-spaced tears cling to the glass, falling in slow and successive rounds.
Understated but austere and lovely with roasted chestnut, coffee grounds, blackberry, walnut shell, dark black licorice, light mint, fresh redwood branch.
Easy entry with dark blackberry pie, black cherry, dried blackberry, soft spice and darkly toasted oak and cedar.
Long and flavor-filled leaving the mouth craving one more sip.