87 |2008 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo
Tastes like Zinfandel, a tannic, dry spicy wine with blackberry, cherry, currant, tobacco and leather flavors. Lots of richness here, and it wears its high alcohol well. Enjoy with barbecue.
Wine Enthusiast | August 2011
88 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo
Here’s a bright, dry and very fruity wine. It has Zinfandel-like flavors of wild red and black berries and stone fruits, with lots of dusty Indian spices and vanilla-caramel flavors from oak. The acidity tastes a bit unnatural given the high alcohol, but it’s a good, rich wine.
Wine Enthusiast | September 2010
90 | 2004 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo
This wine wears its 15.8% alcohol better than any similarly heady wine out there. Yes, it’s a bit hot, but the heat comes across as a slight chili pepper edge to the blackberry and dark unsweetened chocolate flavors, and the wine is, in its own way, balanced and elegant. Hard to imagine a more perfect barbecue red.
Wine Enthusiast | February 2008
91 | 2002 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Block 24 Primitivo
For California Primitivo this wine advances the argument a mile. It’s rich and ripe in berry, cocoa and coffee flavors, with a fabulously delicious finish. What it has in common with Zinfandel is a briary exuberance, but it’s really closer in quality to a fine Napa Cab.
Wine Enthusiast | August 2005