Zinfandel

Jun 172014
 
Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel Forchini Vineyards 2012Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel Forchini Vineyards 2012, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $91 (S) – Rating 91

100% Zinfandel from 100 year old vines, very small production of 100 cases. Aromas of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and peppery spice. A round mouth-feel with defined tannins and balanced acidity. Robust flavors of blueberry, blackberry pie combined with an exciting rustic briariness. Notes of red licorice in the finish. Pair with spice rubbed brisket or ribs (no sauce)  Buy This Wine

 

May 112014
 
Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel 2012 Forchini VineyardWine Guerrilla Zinfandel 2012 Forchini Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 93

A field blend with about 95% Zinfandel with some Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouchet from 100+ year old vines; creating an awesome zinfandel. Winemaker Bruce Patch let’s this old vineyard have a true voice. A robust nose with aromas of red cherry, ripe strawberry, cacao and tobacco leaf. Not overtly jammy with supple tannins and round acidity. The palate will be treated to integrated flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and brown spice. Cherry and dark chocolate in the long finish. Only 200 cases produced. Buy This Wine

May 012014
 
Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel McClain Vineyard 2012Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel McClain Vineyard 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 92

Give this Zinfandel, blended with 10% Petite Sirah, a little time to open and reach its full potential. Robust aromas of blackberry, blueberry, brown spice and white pepper. A complex mouth-feel that is a bit leaner than many Zinfandels with juicy acidity but still offers hints of jamminess. Full-bore flavors of cherry, blackberry and boysenberry with notes of espresso and dark spice. Love the dark chocolate and cayenne pepper in the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 272014
 
Distant Cellars Prospect Zinfandel 2010, Fiddletown, CA, $28 (S) – Rating 91

A big step forward from the 2009 freshman effort. A slightly leaner style of Zinfandel blended with a bit of  Alicante Bouschet to create a Zin lover’s flavor profile. A nose of blueberry and black berry with subtle aromas of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit jam. Balanced acidity and tannins combined with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, toasty oak and dark spice. Hints of coffee in the finish with just the tiniest hint of sweetness. Buy this Wine

Feb 192014
 
2011 Terlato Wines The Federalist Visionary Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

A jammy Zinfandel, especially for a cold winter’s night. Plenty of fruit with enough juicy acidity to pair well with red meats, especially BBQ. Aromas of blackberry jam, black cherry and cacao. Well balanced tannins with a jammy zinfandel mouth-feel on the palate with flavors of black cherry, plum and dark berries. A certain briariness and spice add complexity. Dark chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine.

Feb 122014
 
2011 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, CA, $19 (S) – Rating 90

A fantastic value Zinfandel (blended with 16% Petite Sirah) for under $20. A robust nose of black cherry jam, espresso and dark spice. A soft mouth-feel with balanced acidity and silky tannins. Flavors of dark cherry jam, blackberry, strawberry, plum, espresso, cinnamon and baking spice. Buy This Wine

Feb 122014
 
2011 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel,  Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 91

A blend of 83% Zinfandel and 17% Petite Sirah for a bit of added spicy punch. Vines averaging 90 years old with low 1-2 ton per acre production. Real Old Vine Zinfandel. An understated nose of plum, spice and hints of briar. Hallmarked by balanced acidity and supple tannins, this is a rich wine with tons of jammy flavor; blackberry, blueberry, ripe strawberry and plum. A definite spiciness with notes of cola and espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jan 202014
 
2011 Novy Family Wines Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, CA, $18 – Rating 89

A well made zinfandel with a bit of complexity. Aromas of blueberry and black cherry with subtle notes of leather. Medium-bodied with a soft mouth-feel and a touch of acidity. Rich Zinfandel flavors of blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and cacao with hints of cinnamon spice and caramel. 15.1% alcohol yet well balalnce. Buy This Wine

 

Dec 022013
 
2011 Amista Vineyards Saini Farms The Hill Block Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $34  – Rating 90

As a Dry Creek Zinfandel should be. A rich nose of cherry, plum and dark spice with hints of espresso. A leaner style than some with balanced tannins and food-pairing acidity. Flavors of red fruit, dark fruit, raspberry, blackberry and ripe strawberry with notes of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 312013
 
2009 D-Cubed Cellars Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Ca, $27 (S) – Rating 91

A lighter style of Zinfandel balanced with juicy acidity and supple tannins. Aromas of cherry, plum, leather and brown spice are the prelude to integrated flavors of red cherry, red fruit and ripe raspberries with just a bit of cola and vanilla on the finish. Buy This Wine