Wine Spectator 93pts:
Offers a sturdy, muscular mix of dried dark berry, loamy earth, espresso, graphite and cedar. This full-bodied red shows excellent depth, ending with tannins that reveal a touch of leather. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2013 through 2023. 195 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93pts:
A blend of 44% grenache, 31% mourvedre and 25% syrah; grown on old, rocky volcanic soil at an altitude of 1,700 feet): Good dark, bright red. Complex, expressive nose offers blueberry, blackberry, licorice, cardamom and black pepper. Precise and vibrant, with dark fruit flavors perked up by pepper and an ineffable spice component. Very silky wine with terrific aromatic complexity. The slowly mounting finish features firm but fine-grained tannins that dust the teeth. A superb showing today.
The 2010 Lithic wraps around the palate with dark cherries, plums, new leather, cloves and menthol. Rich, powerful and intense, the 2010 shows off gorgeous depth and persistence. Portions of the Grenache and Syrah were fermented with whole clusters, but today it is the fruit and structure that are front and center. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume emerges, adding lift and nuance. The blend is 44% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah, all from Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador County. (11/2013)
Wine & Spirits 92 Points First produced by the Wetzel family in 1978, Sin Zin now comes from vineyards throughout Alexander Valley, from the valley floor to the benchlands and...
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 90 Points Bright red. Spicy dark berries and cola on the deeply scented nose. Plush and appealingly sweet, offering juicy blackberry and peppery spice flavors...
Connoisseurs' Guide 92pts From the winemaker: Bright aromas of raspberry, currant and fresh plum explode from the glass, and draw us toward flavors which are similarly bright and possess amazing...