91 points from The Wine Spectator for our 2012 Smoke and Mirrors?
Score: 91 Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenach...
The Isabel Dusi Vineyard sits along Highway 101 in Paso's Templeton Gap - which means that is gets some cooling influence from the Pacific. The vines here are 60 to 80 years old, dry farmed, the zin interrupted by an occasional vine of carignane. In 2011, these old vines delivered fruit with a heady ripeness that feels vigorous rather than jammy. A ping of acidity points the fruit toward black raspberry flavors, shot through with scents of black pepper, pine needles and smoke. A cooling layer of tannin keeps it on the rails and provides plenty of length. Have this on hand for roast leg of lamb - it's a beautiful example of what zin can do on Paso's sunny, rolling hills.
Loaded with personality, this version offers aromas of black raspberry and exotic fruitcake, with dense, zesty dried cherry, licorice and toffee flavors. Finishes with ripe but firm tannins. Best from 2015 through 2022. 150 cases made. 92 Pts –TF
An eccentric and fun drinking experience, with aromas of huckleberry, smoke and fruitcake leading to zesty, powerful blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors. The tannins sneak in on the finish. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Roussanne. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases made. 90 Pts–TF
A fun quaff, this red is zesty and jammy, but also focused and restrained, loaded with black raspberry, toasty vanilla, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made. 90 Pts –TF
Ripe and jammy, with solid underlying structure. Aromas of baked cherry and spice lead to layered flavors of boysenberry, cinnamon, bay leaf and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2020. 275 cases made. 90 Pts–TF