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

Oct 082013
2010 Sbragia Family Vineyards La Promessa Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, $34 (S) – Rating 91

Rather high in alcohol (15.9%) but so well balanced you’d never guess. Rich dark fruit flavors in a leaner style create a nose of black fruit, blackberry and plum with hints of espresso. Balanced acidity and tannins with a velvety mouth-feel offering notes blackberry, plum, dark fruit, black cherry and molasses with a touch of cocoa, smoke and leather in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Aug 062013
2011 Wine Guerrilla Carreras Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 92

The vineyard was planted in 1916 with an Italian field blend of  Zinfandel, Alicante Bouchet, Petite Sirah, Napa Gamay and Chasselas Dore’. The blend creates a distinct richness without being jammy. A full nose of blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry. Juicy acidity with flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry with notes of raspberry and spice in the long finish. This is what single-vineyard wines are all about. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
2011 Wine Guerrilla Clopton Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 92

This is what old vine Zinfandel is all about. Planted in 1880 this is an intriguing field blend of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouchet and Golden Chasselas. The nose is rather fruit forward with aromas of dark fruit, plum and blueberry pie. Full-bodied with dark fruit flavors blended with notes of ripe strawberry, plum and a touch of blueberry. Balanced tannins and acidity with a very long finish highlighted by hints cocoa. Buy This Wine