2011 Del Carlo Old Vine Zinfandel Blackberry and plum abound with a hint of pepper and some noticeable tannin. There is a lot going on here, but the wine is seamlessly balanced—the alcohol is held in check by all that fruit and structure. I have said before that I love old Zins, and this is one that would no doubt be doing well 10+ years from now.
2009 Del Carlo Cabernet Sauvignon Black currant and a bit of pepper come out of the glass with a bit of a swirl, and some black cherry and mocha are introduced on the palate. The acidity and tannins are wonderfully in balance, leading to a lingering finish. $30 for a Cab this good? That is practically stealing.