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

Jun 122013
2011 Wine Guerrilla McClain Vineyard Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 92

Wine Guerrilla just does Zinfandel right. A rather complex offering with a perfect balance between Zinfandel flavor and texture. The 3.5 acre vineyard was planted using cuttings from a 120-year-old Zinfandel vineyard nearby. A robust nose of black cherry, ripe plum and leather with hints of cocoa. Full-flavored without going too jammy. Great food-paring acidity with notes of black cherry, black plum and cocoa with a touch of spice and espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

May 092013
2011 D-Cubed Cellars Zinfandel Rosé, Napa Valley, Ca, $20 (S) – Rating 89

This rich dry Zinfandel rosé ain’t yo momma’s White Zin. An excellent picnic wine with enough juicy acidity pair with a array of foods. The nose offers bright notes of spicy cherry, raspberry and minerality. Deeper in color than many rosés. Flavors of bright red cherry, raspberry, red fruit and minerality with hints of tart cranberry on the finish. Buy This Wine

May 012013
2011 Ca’ Momi Winery Zinfandel, Napa Valley, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 90

Lower in alcohol than many Zinfandels -13.9%. A jammy nose of spicy blueberry pie with hints of chocolate. Intense berry flavors of blueberry, blackberry and a little raspberry. Surprisingly crisp acidity with easy tannins. A long finish with notes of very dark chocolate and bacon. Buy This Wine

Apr 222013
2010 Wine Guerrilla Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel, Block E44, Sonoma Valley, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 90

A monster fruity Zinfandel with just the right touch of acidity for food pairing. It paired beautifully with a charcoal grilled flat-iron streak. A robust nose of black fruit, blackberry, plum and boysenberry with a hint of spice. Big flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, blackberry and dark spice with a soft tannin structure. Notes of espresso in the long finish. Give it about an hour to fully open. Buy This Wine