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Zinfandel

USA, Zinfandel, Gnarly Head, Old Vine, Lodi, California, 2012

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N/ Nutmeg, coconut, and clove on her start. Red berries, taffy, and a hint of rock. Crushed bricks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Pronounced red berries and red fruits. While the fruit payload is clearly dominating, there is a light backbone of minerals, and a decent acid pop that lends some balance. This is one of those […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Scott Harvey Wines, UC Davis Research Station, The Heritage Vineyard, Oakville, Napa, California, 2011, Zinfandel Experience

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Contemplating the all new Zinfandel Experience over a glass of 2011 Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel… C/ Garnet ruby clear shining clarity. A jewel. N/ Lightly white peppered ripe red berries, cherries, and cranberries. Clean wood lines. Dried forest floor. Crushed leaves. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Oh my, clean, tight lines here. Snapping and integrated acidity, […]

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USA, Red Blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel), Nobel Vines, “1”, California, 2011

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Red blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and zinfandel. N/ Lightly cedar-smoked big and bruising stewed plums and black cherries. Taffy, light confection, and a sophisticated swamp aromas. Coconut, caramel and chocolate wafts. Warm, thick, assertive – yet soft. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Juicy flavors of plums, soft ripe red berries, and black cherry […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Gary Farrell, Bradford Mountain Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, California, 2010

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N/ If I were to wax a bit… she presented as a bright compote of lush red and black berries smeared across a sun bleached river rock. White pepper, copper, and orange zest also waft about. Seductive. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Bright acidic boysenberry triggers a mouthwatering introduction to raspberries, black cherries and a nice cranberry […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Old Vine, Ravenswood, Sonoma County (Dry Creek, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River), 2009

Red Blend of: 84% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mixed Blacks N/ Acid popping, stew of plum skins and dark berries. Round, soft, wafts of old forest floor, especially aromas reminiscent an old moss-covered log – in a clean, inviting, way. Moss covered rocks, black soil, and mushrooms. T/ Medium-full to full mouth […]

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USA, Red Blend, Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2010

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Red blend of: Zinfandel from Lake County, Syrah from Sonoma, and Napa Valley (Carneros) Merlot. N/ Reduction sauce of plum skins.  Smoked oak and paprika. Deep cassis, wet earth, and river rock. Wild herbs with a blast of sage. Pine and cedar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dry, angular, plum and cherry. Pine needle tea. Berries and […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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USA, Rose (of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon), Passaggio, Rose Colored Glasses, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011

Production methods of note: Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon were separately fermented in stainless steel tanks and then blended to produce the final wine. N/ Strawberries, red apple skins, and cranberry. Lime zest and freshly pulverized, acid popping, rock dust. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Strawberries and cream. An unexpected glycerol weight for this type of wine, delightfully […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel Dominated, Pandemonium, Lodi & Clarksburg, California, 2009

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Red blend of: Zinfandel, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. (I like the creative blending here). N/ Her nose is a tad light, but dominated by Zinfandel-like wafts such as red berry jam and some deep plum notes. Black pepper and dark chocolate. She also shows light leather, gunnysack, and a nice punch of boysenberry. T/ […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel and Syrah dominated), Shannon Ridge, Wrangler Red, Lake County, California, 2009

Red blend of: 37% Zinfandel, 35% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera, 3% Mourvedre and 2% Tempranillo. Tasted 30 minutes to 4 hours post decant. N/ Juicy and ripe strawberry jam.  Burlap and clean canvas. Dry earth and light wafts of crushed granite. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Nutmeg and spiced red and purple berries. […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Ravenswood, Teldeschi, Single Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley,California, 2008

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Red blend of: 75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. N/ Oaky, spiced red berry and plum jam blast. Canvas and burlap, forest floor, and light confectionery. Chocolate infused tobacco. Orange peel, blood, and a light rust closer. Fantastic. T/ Full mouthfeel. Stewed plums and red berry bomb without being cloying. Clean, […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel (with Petite Sirah), Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. N/ White pepper, powdered flint, gunpowder, black fruits, granite, and taffy. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly angular, but rich black fruits and red berries. A truly complex minerality, especially for Zinfandel and this price point. Even though she closes fairly fast, she has a lingering light pucker […]

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USA, Red Blend, Crimson and Clover, Concannon, Conservancy, Livermore Valley, California, 2009

Red blend of: 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel. N/ Ripe plum, slightly smoked. Strawberry jam. Broth of river rocks and dried grasses. Touches of confectionery, cigar box, and cedar. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, red berries and plum jam. Displays many good aspects of classically made Zinfandel that appear to be […]

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USA, Red Blend, Red Dirt Red, Kunde, Sonoma Valley, California, 2008

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Red blend of: 37% Barbera, 29% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel and 9% Sangiovese. Note: almost 15% alcohol but does not nose or drink “hot”. N/ Round, extremely sweet, ripe plums. Strawberry jam. Stewed oaks. Moss. Gardenias (lovely!). Hint of river rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Full, ripe, plum reduction sauce. Coating, jammy, red berries and strawberries. Well integrated […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, 2009

Red Blend of: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Grenache. N/ First impressions were not jammy, which I very much appreciate in a Zinfandel. Black plum, boysenberry, and, interestingly, some warm and dark cassis. Flint, dry earth and tanned leather. Just a tad hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean, plum and light […]

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USA, Zinfandel (with supporting cast), The Verdict, Evidence Wines, Lodi and Napa, California, 2009

Red blend of: 90% Zinfandel, 5% Sangiovese, and 5% Sauzao. N/ Lightly smoked cassis and blackcherries. Confectionery dusted, warm, lush oaks. Gentle white pepper. Cigar box. Dark chocolate. Oh my! Wonderfully complex nose for a Zinfandel – devoid of flabby jam notes – just pure, delicious aroma layers. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Big acid pop for a […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel and Petite Sirah), Wine Guerrilla, Coffaro Vineyards “old vine”, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 2009

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Red blend of: 84% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah. N/ Acidic, plum reduction sauce. A tad hot during the first 30 minutes – advise a vigorous decant. Tanned leather, acidic granite, pine needles, orange liquor. Absolutely fascinating for a Zinfandel blend. T/ Full mouthfeel. “In your face” bracing acidity instantly followed by plum and cassis ICBM, surprisingly […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Unorthodox, Evidence Wines, Lodi and Napa, California, 2009

Red blend of: 70% Zinfandel, 10% Sangiovese, 5% Sauzao, 5% Tempranillo, 5% Syrah, and 5% of my friend Tannat. Note: she started out, as the winemaker wisely warned me – a tad tight due to very recent bottling. However, 45 – 60 minutes after decant, she began to really shine… N/ Elegantly restrained and clean for a Zinfandel based blend. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet), Cupcake Vineyards, Red Velvet, California, 2009

Cupcake’s first red blend of: Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. A job well done! Note 1: as I never look at tasting notes until I’m completely done rating a wine, I always love to guess what constitutes a given blend.  On this one I wrote that I was having a Zinfandel, Syrah, and […]

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