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