8 Years in the Desert is a zinfandel created by iconic winemaker Dave Phinney during his 8 year non-compete after selling The Prisoner wine, and released at the end of the 8 years. 8 Years in the Desert consists of 8 different mixed media labels in total, each new label released annually. Year 2 was released this year as Dave Phinney was also named Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.
Tasting Notes: An opaque core with a red amethyst rim, the wine opens with ripe raspberry and blackberry, dark plum preserves and hints of black pepper and clove. An entry of heft, the palate is packed with blueberry and sweet black cherry along with touch of fresh herbs—thyme, savory and tarragon. Long on the finish, the ripe tannins, a dash of ash, and notes of black tea round out the wine.