Zinfandel

Dec 102014
 
Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91

Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012Very balanced in contrast to some overly jammy style Zinfandels. A blend of 77% Zinfandel (90+year-old vines) and 23% Petite Sirah adding some peppery pop. Robust aromas of dark fruit, plum, blackberry and brown spice. Rich on the palate with balanced acidity and supple tannins. Flavors of blackberry, plum, ripe raspberry and dark spice. An elegantly long finish with plenty of spice and hints of cocoa. Buy This Wine

 

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