My first time trying this Zinfandel. Its a very nice "middle of the road" in style, Zin. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, cedar and slight bramble. On the palate, this has good acidity. Not strong but enough to support the fruit. Overall it is softer on the palate, but the black cherry fruit comes thru. Good finish. It drinks well on its own and would work with all sorts of casual food. I think it is best to drink in the next few years, but it wouldn't be surprising if this is drinking well, albeit in a claret style, in ten years.
This is one of three wines available in an aluminum bottle. 375ml. It is also screw capped. This is a very portable way to carry wine to picnics and other events. It would be great by the pool or at the beach as well with no worries about broken glass or having an opener. This is mostly Syrah and Tempranillo from the Edna Valley in California with some Zinfandel. Salmon pink/orange in color. The nose has very pretty strawberries. Clean. On the palate, the strawberries come thru along with some cherries and a bit of citrus. There is also a pleasant tea like bitterness. This is ver
72% Zinfandel with 20% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre. This is a brawny wine that is delicious. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, black pepper, slight bramble and baking spice. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy black cherries over a bit of char with slight woody notes. There is a nice depth to this wine. It should continue to develop complexity over the next few years. It should last another decade. Whether it improves or not depends on how mature you like your Zins. This is great on its own and should work great with grilled meats or spicy hot foods.
Usually, I like to let Saxum's age more, but this one is 45% Zinfandel, so we popped the cork. Good move. Also it has 36% Mourvedre, 12% Tempranillo and 7% Petite Sirah. Weighs in at just under 16% ABV. Inky purple in color. The nose is big with black cherries, plums, black raspberries, some earthiness and spice. On the palate, there is no heat. Juicy black cherries, and black raspberries. Some underlying char. Long finish. This is delicious but will be a tough food match. Maybe some BBQ with spicy sauce? It will be interesting to see how this ages. I suspect the Zin fades and
2014 Gregory James Old Vine Zinfandel Carreras Ranch, USA, California, Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley, Wine Review
This is more of a "claret" styled Zinfandel than a big brawny styled Zin. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has dust, black cherries and slight tobacco. On the palate, this has some depth. Juicy black cherry fruit intertwined with a bit of damp earth. Nice finish. This would be great with Indian food. Drink over the next five years, but it might surprise and last (a lot) longer.
This is an inexpensive wine made from 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah. It is aged in one and two year old French oak barrels. This is a nice wine to serve at parties and cook outs. It will be popular with people who enjoy a nice glass of red. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has black raspberries, raspberries, some black cherries along with a bit of cola and spice. On the palate, black cherries, black raspberries and a bit of black pepper. Easy drinking. Nothing harsh. Not a lot of acidity. Ripe fruit. This is a wine to drink now.
Sineann gets grapes in Oregon and Washington and makes quite a few different wines. This one is a blend of grapes that did not get bottled as a single varietal. It is always a great wine and a better value. This vintage it contains Merlot, Cabernet and Zinfandel. By the way, Abondante means "generous" in Italian. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black cherries, spice, slight chocolate and forest floor. On the palate, there are light tannins. This is medium to full bodied. Plenty of black cherry fruit with some cherry over a forest floor quality. Good finish. This is very fle
Always a treat to try one of the iconic California Zinfandel producers. These are not big, brambly Zins and to really appreciate them, they do need some good cellar time. That said, this was absolutely delicious and if you have a few, it is worth trying one young. Deep ruby in color. The nose has raspberries, black cherries, slight black pepper and a bit of spice. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Medium to full bodied but silky. Good acidity. Black cherry fruit with some underlying char. Good finish. This should continue to improve for a few more years and be good for ano
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
Papera Ranch is one of my favorite vineyards for Zinfandel. Most the vineyard is Zinfandel, there is also some Carignane, Petite Sirah, Valdigue, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trousseau Gris, Mission, several unknowns, and Pinot Noir. This is labelled as a Heritage wine meaning that it is a field blend from an old vineyard. The original plantings in this vineyard go back to 1934. The wine itself is great but it took about thirty minutes or so in a decanter to open up fully. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, a bit of char, spice and a bit of pepper. On the palate
2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Frank's Block Teldeschi Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley, Wine Review
So, I am in Chicago on vacation and stop by a local wine store. This is on sale and having never tried it, bought a bottle. Good move as this is a really nice Zin. While it seems like it will age and get more claret like, it was delicious and accessible now. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries, some bramble, a bit of dark chocolate and cherries. On the palate, this has a nice texture.