Grabbed this one by accident (thinking it was the Sonoma County Zin). Oh well. A bit different and very good. No harm done. A bit more spread out and wider, if that makes sense, than their Sonoma Zins. Deep garnet/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is upfront with black cherries, raspberries, bramble and baking spices. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, nice black cherries and raspberries. Some underlying char. Lively. Good finish. This should drink well for the next seven to ten years. A nice match for pizza or a burger.
Always a consistently top Zinfandel. Purple in color with a thin ruby rim. The nose is nice with black cherries, raspberries, slight bramble, and char. Full bodied. The fruit seems a bit darker on the palate. Black raspberries with some plums. Delicious. Tight but unwinds in the glass. Long finish. This seems like it still needs a bit more time, even for those who like their Zins big and fruit forward. Maybe another three to five years and it should drink well for seven to ten after that. This drinks great on its own and will work great with bigger foods and also comfort foods li
I had high hopes for this wine, but it really didn't come together well. Consumed over three nights, the first night was the best showing. given the showing, it is possible this bottle had seen heat damage at some point although there were no obvious signs. Garnet/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has candied cherries (think cough drops) with some plums. Medium bodied. On the palate, the candied cherries carry thru along with a slight port-like note of alcohol. Prune with heat on the finish. I like these wine as a general rule and perhaps with some cellaring, this
Crljenak Kaštelanski is the same grape known as Zinfandel, Primitivo, and Tribidrag. This has been confirmed by DNA testing. The grape originated in Croatia and spread around the world. That said, while there are some similarities, there are differences. And, to be fair, even in California, there are many different styles of Zinfandel. This is purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with a lot of earthiness. Also cherries, tart blackberries and some black pepper. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has some acidity. It is not robust but there is plenty of cherry
This is a nice, inexpensive, middle of the road in style, Lodi zinfandel. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, raspberries, slight bramble and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, nice black cherry fruit. Easy drinking. Drinks well on its own and will work great with a burger off the grill. Drink over the next couple of years.
One of my favorite Zinfandels. This is a robust Zin, but not over the top. It is quite concentrated and delicious. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has black raspberries, bramble, and slight pepper. Full bodied. Great, almost silky texture. On the palate, juicy black raspberries, black cherries over a slight gravel base. A bit candied but very concentrated. Long finish. This is so good now, but will continue to evolve a bit. It depends on what you like in Zins as to how long to hold. This should drink well for at least fifteen years, but that energy and robust qua
Peter Rosback releases his wines early, so it is nice to get a taste. These are from a vineyard that is about one hundred years old and was reclaimed around 20 years ago. It is an interesting take on a grape not often found in those parts. This years version seems a bit lighter on the fruit with a nice spicy quality to it. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cherries, cinnamon, baking spices and slight sour cherry note. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this is a bit softer in texture. Light tannins. Cherry fruit with underlying spice. This is bottled under screwcap. Of course
This is a wine made by Rhone wine consultant Philippe Cambie and Saxum’s Justin Smith. It is a blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 6% Mataró, 6% Petite Sirah, and 4% Tempranillo. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, slight bramble, dust, black cherries and spice. On the palate, this is full bodied. Delicious. Serious tannins. Black raspberries, plums and spices over a gravelly bed. Long finish. Pop and pour, this was drinking great from the start. It's hard to say how well this well age. The label says 16.1% abv but there is no heat. Still, at t
What a great showing for this wine. This might be the best vintage of it to date. It is 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah and Syrah. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has plums, black cherries, cedar and bramble. The wine sees 25% new oak. It has a soft and accessible texture. Delicious. It is a jammy styled Zinfandel with black cherry fruit and underlying minerality. There is a bit of warmth (almost a burn) that is actually very nice on the finish. Served with a wide variety of wines, this was the groups favorite for the night. Like many of this wineries wines, price
This is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Charbono. It is made to be a fruit forward delicious blend that drinks well right away. And it achieves that. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black pepper, slight black raspberries and roasted meats and herbs. Very nice. On the palate, this is big. Tasty with a wall of fruit. Medium tannins. Long finish. There is some complexity and depth to it. It drinks great now on its own and will work with spicy barbecue. It probably won't improve with cellaring, but should cellar wel