Mar 232012
2008 Lava Cap Winery Reserve Zinfandel, Estate Bottled, El Dorado, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 90

A delicious medium-bodied Zin from Lava Cap Winery. Rich and round Zinfandel flavors of ripe blackberry, plum, black cherry and a touch of oaky vanilla and dark spice. Supple tannins add backbone. This wine screams out for grilled meats or dry-rubbed BBQ.

Mar 192012
2009 Roadhouse Winery Zinfandel, Dry Creek, CA, $29 – Rating 91

Known more for their Pinot Noir, this Zinfandel from Roadhouse Winery rocks it. A bit of extra zip comes from the Petite Sirah and Carignane in the blend. Rich and jammy flavors of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, currant, bramble and dark spice. Supple tannins add a bit of backbone.

Jan 242012
2009 V Sattui Winery Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, CA, $42 (S) – Rating 93

This very rich and well-structured Zinfandel from V. Sattui has a nose of blueberry, spice and leather. The full mouth-feel creates flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, spice box, pepper and a hint of smoke. Tannins are present adding complexity, yet very well integrated. From a 25-acre vineyard atop Howell Mountain known for big well-structured wines.

Jan 132012
2009 Dendor Patton Wisdom Old Vine Zinfandel, Mendocino County, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 92

A wonderful Zin from a small producer, Dendor Patton Wisdom Old Vine Zinfandel is medium-bodied with flavors of Black cherry, plum, coffee, chocolate, a little blueberry.  A pop of 5% Petite Sirah and 5% Barbara add complexity along with well integrated oak and soft tannins. A touch of acidity makes it surprisingly food friendly.

Dec 292011
2002 Pope Valley Winery Zinfandel Port, North Coast, Pope Valley, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 90

A delicious dessert offering with flavors of jammy blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, raisin and spice. Let it breathe for 15-30 minutes for maximum flavor. Went perfectly with our chocolate fudge cake… or just a few bites of dark chocolate.