Leonhardt Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel

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The 2007 vintage received two stars, so we had high expectations for the 2008.  Thankfully, Leonhardt did not disappoint. The bouquet is redolent of dried fruit, namely plum and raspberry.  Nicely balanced, with lingering tannins, the palate offers hints of cocoa, licorice, and a healthy dose of fruit.  Although both vintages are great values for the price, if pressed, we’d recommend the 2008.

Canard Sauvage Petite Sirah

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Oddly restrained for a Petite Sirah, as though the life has been sucked out of it. Hints of spice and dried fruit in the nose, but almost nothing on the palate. Nothing offensive—but not much of anything.

Leonhardt Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel

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The nose offers very ripe fruit, mushroom, and a bit of yeast. Very fruity, not obviously oaked, and with soft—but lingering—tannins.