I'm so excited to have August Briggs Zinfandel back in the Devenish stable! I represented August Briggs back in 2003-2005 when Devenish first started. I loved the wines; August Briggs makes delicious, classic CA wines in tiny batches and I was sorry to lose them for a while.
Luckily for me, my friend Warren Fraser started up his own distribution company in NY and reconnected with August Briggs. August Briggs was founded in 1995 by August "Joe" Briggs. Briggs had developed a reputation as a great consultant wine maker in the Napa area and eventually decided to strike out on his own. August Briggs made 375 cases.
Aroma: The Briggs Zinfandel smells dark, serious, and smoky. The wine spends time in brand new oak barrels and you can really smell it in the nose. The sweet pungent smell of vanilla is there strongly, but there's a lot of black cherry and black raspberry along with a smoky charry aroma too. With that combo of flavors the August Briggs Zinfandel smells like summer grilling to me; not a bad thing for an old vine Zinfandel!
Palate: At first I got a lot of the new oak, But it's a big juicy CA Zin so I was cool with that. Once the Briggs opened up though it was delicious! Dark tight curranty fruit with wood smoke and grilled meat. This would be brilliant with strip steaks off the grill. For all it's big serious character it's lush and smooth textured; not too spicy and actually approachable. I think it's pretty impressive that August Briggs managed to make a wine this big and brawny, but still likable and open at the same time. Big, sexy, with gravitas, and totally satisfying.
August Briggs Zin is available at Aurora Provisions for $44.99 and on the list at the Back Bay Grill.