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This deep, cherry red Zinfandel exhibits intense aromas of blueberry, loganberry and baking spices with undertones of black pepper, juicy blackberry and plum flavors and supple tannins, a bold, fruit-forward wine with cracked black pepper notes on the soft finish.
Rich and full-bodied, this wine shows forward fruit flavors of jammy blackberry followed by hints of vanilla, black pepper, smoky cherry, coffee and toasty oak characters. The tannins are soft and round leading to a silky mouthfeel and a long lingering finish.
Nello Baricci's small parcel of land sits on a hill called Montosoli
and is one of Montalcino's most prized and renowned vineyards. Nello is
a man of the earth, his body shows the years of effort spent working
his estate yet when you look in his eyes it is like gazing into a
moonless night sky with thousands of stars shining towards you. There
is something magical about this humble man.
It starts out as a mixture of black cherry, soft
leather, plum, cinnamon and earth and weaves these flavors together
changing textures as the wine airs.
This wine is deep red to purple in color, the nose has cherry, red and black raspberry, currant and touches of licorice and chocolate. The wine is concentrated in the mouth that shows caramel, black pepper and cloves. The final taste profile brings the nose and mouth feel all together with a wonderful hint of ginger and fresh mixed fruits.
The 2004 Petite Sirah is the very first release and a proud accomplishment. It is an opulent blend of 15% Lodi Zinfandel and 85% Lodi Petite Sirah, both from the Mencarini Vineyards.
The dark garnet plum color of this wine is enough to get any connoisseur interested. On the nose, this Petite opens with slightly spice and coffee aromas and continues with ripe Bing cherries and blackberries. With further aeration of the wine, the aroma profile develops with more ripened fruit flavors overpowering the spice. The mouth feel is well balanced for a young wine. The fuit flavors continue to ripen and start to pop while the finish leaves you wanting a second glass.
Deep purple in color and richly dark in fruit complexity, this wine has aromas of boysenberry and blackberry jam, vanilla cream, baking spices and white pepper. It has concentrated fruit on the palate with butterscotch and sweet oak, while a long and lingering finish is highlighted by smooth and silky tannins.
The Monga Zin® is named both for its immense (humongous) mouthful of flavors and for its southern California region of origin, Cucamonga Valley, home to many of California's oldest Zinfandel vineyards.
Ripe red berry-wild cherry fruit, vanilla-caramel oak, fragrant Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice, white pepper and saffron. Very smooth and nicely structured, long creamy finish.
The 2005 Sonoma Zinfandel is a blend of grapes grown in Alexander Valley with a small portion coming from old vine Bridgehead vineyard in Oakley. The diversity in terroir creates a complex and concentrated wine that has flavors of strawberries and a hint of spice balanced by mild acidity. Subtle nuances of vanilla from 16 months aging in French oak barrels complement Sonoma Zinfandel’s explosive fruit flavors and velvety texture.
This Sonoma County Zinfandel displays classic aromas and flavors of jammy raspberry, blackberry, dark plum and black cherry. These layers of rich fruit are balanced by hints of warm vanilla and spice resulting in a wine with depth and structure.
This Zinfandel is a mix of strawberries and raspberries with a hint of allspice that keep evolving as the wine sits in the glass. Nicely balanced between acidity and alcohol, this medium-bodied Zinfandel has forward fruit and soft tannins.
This vineyard-designate Zinfandel shows very dark purple-blue color with aromas of candied plum, ripe blackberries and cherries jubilee. The palate exudes ripe black cherries, raspberries and a rush of warm vanilla-soaked cranberries.
Ripe raspberry and black cherry aromas mingle with notes of sweet maple and birch beer in the heady aroma of this bold Zinfandel. On the palate hints of white pepper and boysenberry are flanked by finely-structured tannin and supported by vanilla and caramel accents.
This wine shows dark ruby-red color to the edge of
the glass. This is an elegant,
restrained, claret style Zinfandel. On the nose it has opulent, spicy
black cherry varietal character, appealing briar and smoke overtones,
and a layered, elegant structure. The palate is nicely balanced, with a
bit of pepper and briar, and a refined texture.
Deep color and rich aromas of raspberries, black pepper and spice lead to bright, black cherry flavors, with a touch of cocoa and clove. This elegant, medium-bodied Zin has a velvet texture and long finish loaded with juicy red fruit and notes of vanilla.
The 2005 Red Hills Lake County Zinfandel displays lavish blackberry,
black plum and fig aromas mingled with sweet oak, dark chocolate and
roasted coffee notes. The palate is lush and mouthfilling, with deep,
dense, blackberry, black raspberry and dark chocolate flavors supported
by ripe, youthful tannins and a savory, toasted oak tone.
This is a dynamic, complex, sturdy wine. Bright fruit appear in the fore-palate while dark fruit builds with subtle spice through the middle. The refined consistency finishes to balance the body's firm acidity and fine grain fruit tannins.
In the 2004 Zinfandel, a full-throttle, densely
textured Sierra Foothills portion is tempered with two more stylish, yet very
flavorful, portions from Sonoma County. While the Sierra Foothills lot
is all plum jam, leather, and figs, the Sonoma wines are both brimming
with raspberry and blackberry flavors. The Mendocino fraction gives a well-proportioned wine
with fine cherry/blackberry fruit, a touch of briar and peppery tones.
Lastly, the Lodi component contributes rich color, soft tannins and
wonderful roasted black fruit character.
This zinfandel has a balance and elegance wrapped around a core of raspberry jam and spice. The hints of cocoa and black pepper round out the aromas. The raspberry combining with blackberry, chocolate, cola and oak spice, ends up delivering an elegant, smooth package.
89 points Robert Parker: "The 2004 Barrica was aged for 7 months in
French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a touch of
smoke and vanilla from the oak treatment as well as blueberry and
blackberry. This is followed by a ripe, fruity wine with fine depth and
balance and a pure finish. It is an excellent value." (02/07)
“Deep ruby. Exotic,
intensely perfumed bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry and pungent flowers.
Suave and almost sweet, with seductive red berry flavors, silky tannins and a
refreshing acid lift. A wonderfully seamless, fruit-driven zin, with
impressively persistent raspberry and mocha notes on the finish.” 92-93 Pts. Josh Raynolds -Stephen Tanzer's International
Confluence is a result of the harmonious blending of two varietals this winery feels quite passionate about; Zinfandel and Syrah. The wine is bold and aromatic, displaying simultaneously the red fruit tones of Zinfandel and the deeper, smoky notes associated with Syrah. The structure is firm, but round with a mouth-filling finish.
This bottling of Bridgehead Zinfandel comes from a 100-year-old vineyard in Oakley, California and is named after Bridgehead Road to which it is adjacent. Bridgehead Zinfandel is an elegant wine that has aromas of bright blackberry, herbs and spice framed by moderate, soft tannins, toasty vanilla and chocolate. The wine will age gracefully for the next five to seven years.
This old-vine Zinfandel provides alluring aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, blackberry and vanilla. Jolene’s texture is rich and mouth-filling with supple tannins and a long and lingering finish.
The color is a vibrant rose petal reddish blue,
and the aromas start with fresh dark red fruits blueberry and
boysenberry then reveal a more complex floral and spice note like sage
and lemon balm. The influence of French and American oak sneak through
hinting with aromas vanilla and creme brulee. The palate resonates what
was found in the aromatics, and the finish has a lingering interplay of
cherries, spcie, and blueberry. The texture is silky, and the wine has
incredible length to the finish.
This Zinfandel is from a small vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The fruit receives generous sunlight during its long ripening period and the result is a very complex and full-bodied wine. Smooth tannins and a long finish follow vivid flavors and cherry and blackberry.
Aromatic floral aromas of lavender and violets mixed with black raspberry, cassis, black pepper, chocolate, dusty/mineral, and clove. On the palate, black raspberry, cassis, chocolate, clove; thick and velvety texture on the mid-palate; long, persistent finish of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, sweet chocolate and spice.
Deep, ruby red in color, with intense blueberry, violet, strawberry, plum and black pepper aromas with hints of vanilla and spicy oak. In the mouth, it shows ripe, lush blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit.
This zin is packed with fresh, concentrated raspberry and plum flavors in a rich, juicy texture. Loaded with lots of up front fruit with undertones of coffee and tobacco that leads to a big, ripe, supple finish.
On the nose, floral hints of jasmine and lavender, underscored by aromas of dried fruit (apricot, plums), cassis, chocolate, vanilla. On the palate, flavors of quite sweet black raspberry and black currant flavors, mixed with plum, dried apricot, and hints of cherry, chocolate, and vanilla. The explosive fruit is balanced with nice acidity, making the wine sweet but not cloying.
Black opaque color, seductive aromas and dark fruit flavors integrated with subtle clove spice throughout the mid taste. Blackberry jam comes through in the finish to compliment briary fruit tannins. Opens up nicely during a meal with firm acidity.
The Lily Hill zinfandel is a wine of many layers of intense complexity. The bouquet is bright, ripe, candied fruit and blackberry jam. The flavors cascade on the palate with dark fruit, blackberries, black cherries, raspberries, creamy mocha, chocolate and sweet vanilla, culminating with a long and silky, lingering finish. This wine will age gracefully for 5 to 7 years and can accompany many different foods.
Medium dark to dark ruby-red. Fragrant, almost Burgundian aromas of raspberries, kirsch, and red currant are mixed with floral and spicy notes. Quite smooth and rich on the palate but at the same time vivacious and invigorating. While it can certainly be enjoyed now with appropriate foods, its sound acidity should ensure a long life.
From vineyards planted during Grover Cleveland’s first term in the
1880s, this wine offers luscious blackberry and wild raspberry with
loads of exotic spices and indigenous bramble, and is elegant in style
with a smooth blueberry satin finish. Yields were approximately 1.5 ton
per acre. Aged exclusively in French oak burgundy barrels.
This wine opens with beautiful aromas of red fruits and dried herbs and hits the palate with rich juicy apricot, plum and raspberry flavors. There are also complex underlying flavors of mineral, plum skin and black licorice which add interest to the jammy fruit. The texture is plush and silky and finishes with great acid balance.
The wine is garnet red in color with aromas of cherries, raspberries, and blackberries. It has a smooth palate with “juicy” cherries and a touch of chocolate and chalk. The structure is balanced with silky tannins across the palate and finish.
Deep red. Dusty minerals accent bright redcurrant and wild strawberry
on the nose. Zesty, sharply focused and pure, with bright red fruit and
blood orange flavors firmed by crisp tannins. The clean, brisk finish
shows sneaky persistence.
The second member of our Zin trio traces its roots back to 2001. At the time, Alexander Valley Vineyards had just received some top Zinfandel out of vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, one of the best regions for growing the grape. But winemaker Kevin Hall thought something would be lost if the fruit was used for blending: the unique characteristics offered by the Dry Creek grapes. Thus Redemption Zin was born to showcase the personality of Dry Creek Zinfandel.
The 2005 Redemption is the product of a phenomenal vintage. It is classic Dry Creek with concentrated flavors of blackberries, blueberries, black cherry and a firm tannin structure. Those generous elements make this one of those Zins that could easily cellar for 5 to 9 years.
Medium-full crimson color. The aromas
reveal strong, black cherry and fresh raspberry accents, with a subtle
hint of anise. On the palate, the wine is medium full-bodied,
generously fruity, with sappy berry flavors, low tannin and a hint of
black pepper in the finish. Juicy, well-balanced and bright.
Sourced from 'old vines' in Amador County and cooler vineyards in Paso Robles and Sonoma, this Zinfandel has exceptional depth and complexity. Petite Sirah is blended in to further enhance the luscious strawberry jam, cassis, and briar flavors that follow its perfume of dark fruit, sweet spice, and toasty vanilla.
The 2005 Dina’s Vineyard Zinfandel shows deep, dark colors along with highly focused blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. The 2005 Dina’s Zinfandel has a broad multi-layered texture and wet stone finish.
This wine shows dense, black, concentrated fruit with dark chocolate, black licorice, and plum fruit flavors. The soft, well-structured tannins balance the concentrated fruit giving the wine richness, power, and concentration.
The 2005 vintage is darker and richer than recent vintages, and is medium deep ruby, with ripe berry and plum aromas supported by underpinnings of roasted chestnut and vanilla. On the palate, the wine fills the mouth with intense fruit flavors which lead to complex tones of espresso, cocoa and exotic spices. Excellent structure, typical of mountain fruit, and sustained concentration.
This wine has late-hanging fruit smells, melted licorice, dried leaves, toasted nuts and spices. In spite of its late-season aromatics and alcoholic warmth, the mouth has a freshness to it that keeps it in balance.
This is a deeply centered and dark, elegant wine
with profound aromas of black cherry preserves, cracked peppercorns and dark
cocoa. The rich, concentrated flavors of blackberry and quince paste are
layered with Belgian chocolate and cinnamon toast.
Intensely jammy, black razzberry fruit, vibrant and alive in both nose and mouth, nice hit of black pepper. Smoothly textured in mouth, creamy vanilla oak, and the finish is long and lushly jammy fruit.
One of the top vintages of the decade, the '94 zinfandel boasts an array of berry flavors layered with exotic spices and a full mouth feel. Warm berries and lively acidity round out a still very youthful finish with a broad burst of fruit tannins.
This wine has an intense strawberry, black berry jam nose. The very lush, slightly sweet mouth has flavors of fresh strawberries and dried cherries, with hints of spice. This wine finishes with a crisp fruity blast. The light sweetness is balanced by the crisp natural acidity.
The 2004 Somers Ranch Zinfandel displays a wonderful harmony of flavors and intensity not often found in 15-year-old vines. The bouquet of this wine explodes with opulent black cherry, plum, and black pepper. On the palate, rich flavors of dark cherry, currant, and spice complement the youthful tannins and display a fine sense of balance.
This wine shows rich, ripe blackberries and plums infused with clove, vanilla, and anise spice. A powerful yet balanced mouthfeel gives way to a silky smooth finish of spicy oak and juicy black cherry.
This neighborhood blended wine showcases fresh pomegranate and ripe raspberry fruit with mouth watering acidity. The finish is smooth and lingering with hints of caramel and supple tannins which help to balance out this luscious wine.
This blend of Zinfandel showcases classic Russian River Valley Zin with classic soft red-fruit aromas, a medium mouth feel and a medley of red cherries and tart raspberries intertwined with just the right amount of toasty wood on the finish.
The wine is rich, yet lean, and brimming with concentrated boysenberry and mocha coffee flavors. The finish is long and luscious with tart berries and just the right balance of acidity and velvet tannin to give this opulent wine strength, beauty and charm.
The color is dense purple with the aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and chocolate. The wine is full bodied with lots of glycerin. The taste has a touch of vanilla, cedar and chocolate with a very nice back flavor of black licorice.
This is the second Alderbrook Bottling of Three Goose Zinfandel. The wine boasts blackberry and cracked pepper notes associated with the Dry Creek Appellation. A smooth entrance, well-structured tannins and a long graceful finish complete the wine.
Initial aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, and cedar provide a preview for the flavors that follow. Blackberry, currant, allspice, and bright cherry fruit combine with ripe tannins. The finish is rich with lingering flavors along with excellent acidity and balance.
This Old Vine Zinfandel displays a spicy, lush black fruit character. On the palate, classic briary and raspberry flavors appear with layers of white pepper and cardamom adding a spicy complexity. The finish displays additional spice with smoky vanilla from the French oak.
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red.
Black raspberry and redcurrant aromas, with hints of woodsmoke,
graphite and succulent herbs. Tangy and sharply focused, with bright
red berry flavors, zesty mineral notes and fine, dusty tannins. Really
energetic on the finish (the pH here is just 3.2, says Peterson), which
is penetrating and very long. I'd bet on this improving in a cool
cellar." (May/June 07)
The 2003 Estate Bottled Zinfandel presents vivid aromas bursting forth with full jammy characteristics, violet perfume mingles with red-fruit components on the nose. Brambly notes carry through on the palate; intense flavors of cranberry and zin-berry mingle with soft hints of barrel spice and elements of walnut. This wine unfolds on your palate with a wonderful balance of acidity and tannin; it is harmony in the mouth.
Port exudes from the bottle like boysenberry syrup. This wine has
aromas of blackberry and boysenberry jams, anise, and clove. The port
is sweet in nature with a fine balance to the palate and acidity.
Dark purple in hue, this wine exhibits aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry with hints of cola, black pepper and cinnamon. Flavors of blackberry and black plum are well-integrated with spicy notes of pepper and toasty oak.
The 2004 Collier Falls Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley has a deep brick red color with aromas of strawberry and cherries on the nose. Aged in French and American oak, this wine shows hints of spice on the palate and finishes with a touch of toasty vanilla from the new oak barrels.
This wine exhibits showy black raspberry, black cherry and ripe plum aromas, with hints of dark chocolate, licorice, crushed black pepper, and Asian spices adding to the flavors. The fruity, spicy finish is long and smooth.
This zinfandel brings forth the best characteristics of this variety. A concentrated winemaking style coupled with the cooler climate in the Russian River Valley appellation produces a Zinfandel rich in color, full and silky in texture with bright acid and deep fruit. The fruit is provided with ample hang time on the vine to encourage physiological maturity, in addition to allowing for 2 years of barrel aging, as well as 1 year in the bottle prior to release.
A fruit-forward wine with flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and blackberries. Subtle spice and floral notes add complexity. The French oak is well integrated, adding a layer of complexity and refinement to the wine. It has a round mouth-feel and the fine-grained and subtle tannins that are characteristic of Block 7.
Aromas of chocolate and coffee, blackberry jam, clove and licorice, lavender and violets. On the palate, sweet blackberry fruit mixed with chocolate, clove and pepper spice, with a velvety texture. Very full-bodied with round chalky tannins, long sweet finish of blackberry and chocolate.
This vintage is the richest and most intense yet. The wine begins in glass with a light ruby color and cherry nose. With a definite spice element, there are flavors of nutmeg, birch beer, black pepper and deep, red cherry. The wine is strongly structured yet well balanced, not overly ripe.
This wine shows off a deep, intense red color. The bouquet reflects hints of rose petals and violets with fruit notes of cherry and raspberries. On the palate, the mouthfeel is full, highlighted by silky vanilla and butterscotch flavors. This is an elegant zinfandel with a moderately long cellar life. Drink now through 2012.
Sweet, mildly vanillin oak and hints of dry cocoa sit to the side of berry-like fruit in the nicely defined wine, and the same mix of berries, oak and soft chocolate is at the center of this ripe and rounded Zinfandel's flavors.
Lodi holds a namesake for wonderfully sought after Old Vine Zinfandels. These Old Vines demand a kind of respect when caring for their fruit, thus yield a juice rich, spicy and perfectly structured.
The Old Vine Zinfandel surrounds the palate sound and strurdy, eveloped in spicy clove and juicy berry concentrate. Mature oak tannins frame a well balanced, sturdy wine with moderate alcohol that enhances the lengthy finish.
Dark ruby in color, with enticing raspberry and blackberry aromas along with a touch of cinnamon and white pepper. In the mouth the wine opens with a soft fruit entry, with plenty of raspberry and red fruit flavors, beautifully balanced acidity and tannins followed by a long juicy finish.
The grapes for "Bambino" are from a 10-acre block planted on Old Hill in 1998. This young vine field-blend is patterned after the ancient vine field-blend for which Old Hill is known. The wine is a blend of at least a dozen grape varieties - principally Zinfandel, but also Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet and Grenache to name a few - all fermented together to create this Zinfandel blend.
Bambino is deep purple in color with intense blackberry aromas and lots of “Old Hill” spice, including nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. The flavors are intense too, with blackberries, cherries, and vanilla spice. The tannins are big but ripe and mouth watering on the finish.
Classic flavors of old-vine Zinfandel are found in the Dry Creek Reserve. Black pepper violets and blackberry aromas dominate the nose and mouth, while aging in French oak lends smoky and spicy notes. This wine has a broad mouthfeel and elegant structure leading to a long fruity finish.
Aged in French oak barrels, this wine brings to your nose complex aromas of black cherries, spice and lightly toasted oak with robust big berry, raspberry fruit flavors followed by a rich smooth peppery fruit finish.
Named after the popular art and design movement of the same era, this wine exhibits aromas of red raspberry, red currant and straw. The aromas lead to an explosion of pure and untrammeled raspberry fruit in the mouth, backed by a firm structure of acid and fruit tannin. The incendiary essence of this wine continues over the palate with more fruit on the finish.
This wine is dark and rich in color, reminiscent of violets. This classic Zinfandel leads with sweet blackberry jam, white and black pepper and clove spice. Further opulence emerges as layers of black cherry, blueberry and Asian spice are exposed. The palate is big, bold and ripe with juicy brambleberry and warm plum pudding, supported by integrated tannin and spice, giving a full mid palate and setting the stage for the long supple finish.
Deep purple-red in color, this is a full-bodied wine with many classic Dry Creek
Valley characteristics: aromas and flavors of ripe boysenberry, jammy with
subtle coffee and butterscotch accents. This is a concentrated Zinfandel that
offers a nice balance of fruit, spice and tannin. The finish is long and packed
Phenomenal nose with blueberry,
cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, butter, blackberries
and cinnamon. Mid to full body with dark chocolate, straw berry and
blueberry jam, taste, with blueberry aftertaste.
This wine has the wonderful aromas of big raspberry fruit with vanilla, sage and allspice. This wine has a very rich texture and supple tannins with flavors of raspberry, cedar, vanilla and cream. The round lush mouth feel carries into the long fruity, spicy and creamy finish.
This Domaine, run by two sisters, Mireille Desmonet and Laurent Jobard
(the well-known and respected Drouhin enologist), makes lovely wines in
Pommard. The Cuvée Milliane comes from a 1/2 Hectare parcel in the town
of Pommard, with vines of more than 45 years of age. A gentle
fermentation using native yeasts results in a charming wine, with a
bright cherry note and a silky finish. In a year like 2005, this drinks
much more like a village Pommard than like a simple Bourgogne Rouge.
Dark magenta red in color. Aromas of ripe raspberry, black cherry, anise and rose petals. The flavors continue with raspberry, plum, tar and sage spice. The spicy flavors and tannins are well integrated and the finish is long and lingering.
Dense aromas and flavors of blackberries are complemented by toasty vanilla nuances with spicy black pepper accenting the finish. A small amount of Tempranillo, aged in new French oak, was used to enhance the forward fruit flavors and complexity of the wine.
This wine has aromas of strawberries and blackberries, with black pepper, vanilla, and wild mushrooms. It has a rich body with an exciting structure with some smoothness now that will increase as the wine ages. The flavors are blackberries, black cherries and pepper, which carry on through to the finish.
A medium full garnet in color, the wine is full of fresh cherry and cranberry fruit aromas, as well as notes of licorice, leather and peppercorns. The palate is full of cherry, raspberry and plum, accented by notes of mocha spice, leather, and Mediterranean herbs.
Striking minerality to the nose
followed by kirsch, lavender, white flowers and creosote. The texture
is almost Petite Sirah like with a backward sore of blackberries, river
stones, Black Muscat and cassis.
In this Zin you'll find a wealth of blackcurrant, plum and pepper, anise, cherry, boysenberry and yes, a little grapefruit. The gold in this wine is in rich dark berry fruits and whispers of smoke and touches of vanilla that will make you feel as rich as this Zinfandel.
From head trained vines on the Eastern bench of the Dry Creek Valley, the Maple Vineyard is a mix of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane. Aromas of raspberry licorice and French oak, with a smooth texture. A faint white pepper overlays the fruit character of this very bold Zin.
A CHALLENGING SEASON REDEEMED BY IDEAL AUTUMN
CONDITIONS, FINALLY PRODUCING A MODEST BUT INTENSELY FLAVOURED CROP.
Pale straw green in colour and
mouth-wateringly fragrant, the 2003 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is redolent of a
mid-summer kitchen ... ripe passionfruit, yellow plums, juicy limes and freshly
The palate is pure and refreshing with all the hallmarks of
a small but perfectly formed crop ... flavours that echo the aromas,
with piercing concentration, impeccably balanced acidity ...and a
long, crisp finish.
Grapes were sourced from eight estate and
grower vineyards located in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott
sub-regions of the Wairau
Valley. Free draining,
stony soils typify the Rapaura and Renwick areas whilst Fairhall and Brancott
are predominantly fine alluvial loams containing some clay. The majority of
fruit was grown on the divided Scott Henry trellis system with the exception of
a small percentage of young vines.
The 2003 growing season was punctuated by two severe spring frosts
(October and then November) that caused considerable damage to newly formed
shoots and grape inflorescences. The cumulative effect of these frosts and cool
weather over flowering resulted in very small crops being set, in some
vineyards well below 50% of expected yields. Summer weather conditions were
settled and dry, but cooler than average temperatures were recorded from
January through to March. Marlborough's sunny autumnal conditions came to the
rescue ensuring physiological ripeness was achieved across all varieties – even
though below average night-time temperatures prevailed throughout the harvest –
and finally delivered a very modest crop with terrific flavour profiles and
great fruit intensity.
Sauvignon Blanc harvest began on the 3rd April, the first fruit
coming from the stonier blocks around the winery. Harvesting continued steadily
through the progressively later ripening sites, harvest dates being dictated by
achievement of optimum fruit flavours. The last fruit was harvested in the
Brancott valley on the 17th of April.
The fruit was machine harvested during the cooler
night and early morning temperatures and transported directly to the winery.
The grapes were de-stemmed and transferred straight to tank presses. Free run
and lightly pressed juice was cold settled for 48 hours then racked and
inoculated with a neutral yeast strain. The fermentations were carried out in
stainless steel tanks; after fermentation the wine remained in contact with
yeast lees for about two months, prior to blending in August and subsequent
bottling in September. Final wine analysis
shows an alcohol of 13.5%, pH of 3.20 and titratable acidity 7.1 g/l.
This wine has caramelized red berry fruit, luscious acidity, and a mouth filling finish. This full-flavored Zin begins its journey with perfumed dark berries on the nose. On the entrance, this wine fills the mouth full and round, while on the finish, it's all about the juicy mouthwatering acidity and dusty mixed berries.
Golden yellow to the eye with tinges of jade green. The sparkle is
gentle, elegant and sustained. On the nose there are citrus hints and
rich fruit aromas of white peach and apricot. These lengthen into notes
of vanilla, dried fruits and honey.
On the palate, the complex
fusion of fresh fruit and caramel point to the wine’s inherent quality.
Gentle acidity, sparkle that’s ample but not overbearing and an
unusually long-lasting taste are the hallmarks of a balanced finish,
consistent and multi-faceted.
This one has summer written all over it. Big enough to hold its own with a smoked pork roast or a grilled duck breast, light and lively enough to be inviting when the temperature rises. There’s the standard Zinfandel package—brambles, blackberries and spice—plus a come—hither nose, a pinch of oak, and a dollop of smoothness. The great thing about old vine Zinfandel is that it’s all depth and no fat.
On the nose, black raspberry, cassis, black cherry, lavender, clove, and black pepper. On the palate, complex blend of black raspberry and cherry fruit, lavender, anise, clove spice; velvety texture, very full-bodied with round chalky tannins, and a long sweet finish of black raspberry fruit and spice.
This wine is fuller-bodied than previous vintages and presents a dark ruby color. The aroma offers dark cherries, lush blueberries and ripe plums. Warm winter spices and underlying layers of baker’s cocoa round out this powerful wine. The tannins are quite soft and well integrated.
The wine shows a deep purple-ruby hue accompanied by fragrant suggestions of blackberries, dark plums, raspberries and cassis with supporting notes of black pepper, clove, and nutmeg. On the palate, the wine is smooth, juicy and plump with great integration of fruit and spice, with full body and great purity.
This Reserve Zinfandel has a deep red ruby hue. The scents include intense blackberry, pepper and strawberry jam with hints of vanilla and cigar smoke that add to its complexity. It’s an elegantly packaged wine with loads of black fruit and peppery spice that mirror the aromas.
Ripe, jammy, and bursting with succulent raspberry fruit the 2002
Zinfandel shows classic bramble berry fruit character wrapped in a
framework of soft vanillin oak. The supple entry builds to a rich juicy
mid-palate accented by exotic spice notes which in turn is followed by
a lingering finish. This wine was hand-crafted from grape to bottle and
vinted using traditional techniques. The wine was matured in 100%
French oak to soften the natural grape tannin and to further enhance
the complex spice notes inherent in this grape variety.
This wine is nearly opaque black-ruby with purple highlights. The aromas show dark fruits, licorice, black pepper and minerals, with Rutherford accents of black olive, peppercorn and dark cherry. Full-bodied in texture, this wine has pronounced, dense and concentrated flavors of black currant, anise, sweet vanilla and distinctive minerality. The rich tannins are balanced by medium acidity providing freshness.
This Zinfandel is rich, ripe and generous with exotic spices, adding an elegant character to the long finish. This wine is vibrant and concentrated with flashy blackberry and raspberry fruit, finishing with an underlying sense of elegance and grace.
This wine has beguiling wild black fruits and minerals on the nose. Enormously concentrated flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and black raspberry lead to what Matt Kramer called the “Kaleidescopic” mineral-driven mid palate.
Raspberries, cranberries and red apple along
with hints of cracked black pepper engage the nose. This Zin can be
gregarious about its toasty oak notes of vanilla and caramel while
remaining delicate about the subtle scents of rose petals. The palate
is full bodied, and rounded through to the finish. Fresh berries and
baking spices hit the palate first. The oak shows peaks through the
fruit with rich toasty qualities and layers of tannin. The finish of
the wine has flavors of warm blueberry pie.
Effusive with ripe plum and briar berry fruit that Rockpile Zinfandel showcases the broad range of spice for which this varietal is known. Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and sandalwood aromas follow from the nose through to the palate. Fifteen months in French and American oak barrels added structure and depth to complement the vibrant fruit and spice.
On the approach, this wine has dusty notes on deep, dark cherry aromatics with a sturdy body in the mouth with not-so subtle notes of blueberry and caramel on the finish. This wine showcases classic Russian River Valley Zin with exotic coconut-spice red fruit nose, medium mouth feel and a medley of red cherries and tart raspberries intertwined with just the right amount of wood on the finish.
This wine has aromas of white pepper, plum & caramel that transition into thyme, blackberries & boysenberry flavors. In the savoring state, the finish leaves you with flavors of Cinnamon & raspberries.
This wine is very aromatic with briary aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and chocolate. It is a concentrated and juicy mouthful of wine! It has a mouth-coating forward palate bursting with fruit and a long, lingering finish.
The 2006 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful dusty raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and spice, with coffee and chocolate characters. Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this a mouth-coating rich vintage. Aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes. Enjoy now or cellar for 5 to 7 years.
Deep black-plum color with intense aromas of blackberry, pepper, clove, spice, cedar and black-cherry. Flavors of concentrated fruit, mocha, blackberry, plum, vanilla, clove and spice, with a round, full-bodied mouth-feel.
The wine is ruby and purple to the color. The nose is tight at first and opens to raspberry, blueberry and currant with touches of dark chocolate. The wine is concentrated but shows finesse with touches of black pepper with a medium bodied core. The mouth shows a caramel, toffee softness with hints of a lot of different spices. The acidity shows in the mid-palate and really shows off at the end with cherry, blackberry, and raspberry pops.
This wine has distinctive spicy cherry and raspberry
jam characteristics apparent in the nose. In addition, the 2005 has
considerable depth and layers of black fruit, cinnamon and clove in the
nose as well as the palate.
Ripe fruit flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry mingle with an elegant mid palate of creamy vanilla. The lightly toasted oak profile, along with a medley of spices, lengthen the finish and add complexity.
Located on a northern exposure and at a slightly higher elevation, red
soils and gentle morning sun create a unique Amador microclimate. This
combination lends to a brightness and lively acidity complemented by
black cobbler fruits with undertones of raspberry and elegant tannin
Deep ruby red color. Classic aromas of blueberries, peppery blackberry, intense black cherry and a touch vanilla define this Zinfandel. Rich, jammy flavors of blueberry, blackberry, plum, and sweet vanilla, round out this juicy and smooth California variety followed by a lingering, balanced finish.
Heart-stopping Zinfandel, a heavy hitter that slaps you around and makes you pay attention. Succulent and earthy with concentrated dark ripe fruits, raisins and black cherry smoky bacon and oak. Lingering finish that leaves your heart racing and your taste buds begging for more.
The flavors of strawberry compote come forward and define this Zin. Petite Syrah and Carignane add structure and tannin along with wild berry zest and spice. Soft entry, luscious fruit and spice flavors.
This dark beauty opens with seductive aromas of ripe blackberry, vanilla, and toasty oak. Smooth luscious layers of plum, black raspberry, cocoa, and spicy black pepper mingle with the essence of strawberry from the Carignane and Cinsaut. The Petite Sirah and Alicante provide subtle tannins and structure and add to the lingering flavors of dark-skinned fruit. Delicious now, and with aging will continue to develop.
Color is a deep, dark ruby. It has a
classic Zin nose filled with ripe blackberry, currant, mocha, red
pepper, and tobacco. In the mouth it is very expressive with exhuberant
wildberry, plum and mocha flavors. This wine has a long, chocolatey
Dark, super-ripe fruit, with flavors of sugarplums, caramel, cola, and spice, it has a long, lingering, mouth-coating finish that lasts forever. It is the perfect finishing touch with cheeses or a dark, rich chocolate dessert.
This Zinfandel has pleasing bright, ripe plum flavors with mouth-watering acidity and fine
tannin structure followed by a racy, lingering finish that tastes of
raspberries, cloves, cardamom and vanilla.
This wine starts in the nose with a blast of jammy raspberries; the first
taste takes you on a journey of blackberry pie, plums and red, ripe
currants. It keeps going with hints of oak, anise and cocoa on the back
end. Smooth, balanced and elegant.
This wine is black cherries, plums, pepper, cloves and cinnamon. The spicy tones from the oak are well integrated and a nice counterpoint to the rich fruit characteristics. This is a big gentle wine with medium-bodied tannins. It has a very lush and enticing texture that belies the nice natural acidity.
Particularly elegant, olfactory complexity with
predominant balsamic sensations, of mint, fruit jams; its taste
matches the bouquet; its structure is rich, ample and of great
character, with a notable presence of delicate tannins; surprising
is the delicacy with which it caresses the palate.
Blackberry jam and brambly fruits along with cranberry, pepper and
vanilla first hit the nose. A classic big bodied Zinfandel, this wine
intertwines big red fruits with dried cranberries and baking spices to
make a complex wine with layers of interest. The body is full and
silky, all the while engaging the senses and re-inforcing the
blackberry and raspberry intensity in the wine. The finish lingers on
for a while reminiscent of an elegant cherry liqueur.
Made with fruit grown entirely in the Dry Creek Valley appellation, this unique Zinfandel includes small amounts of Petite Sirah. Half of the fruit is crushed whole, and the must is fermented in open-top fermenters for maximum color extraction and flavor enhancement. The wine is aged in French oak, which adds the essence of toasted spice and French vanilla to heady aromas of rum raisin, black currant, and red cherry.
93-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby.
Explosively perfumed nose offers energetic raspberry and wild
strawberry aromas lifted by exotic floral and mineral tones. Vibrant,
palate-staining red berry flavors display remarkable intensity and
depth, with a fine-grained, silky texture. I know there are tannins
here but they're completely hidden. Seductive, penetrating and
brilliantly focused, with a finish that refuses to let up." (May/June
It is a classic Zin, crammed with the inky blackberry fruit and black pepper spice for which the Dry Creek Valley is famous, with lots of interesting vanilla and spices from the variety of oaks. It is well structured for longer age, but can be consumed with delight in the near-term as well!
This wine is very spicy with aromas of cloves, blackberry, plum and white pepper. This wine has a nice tannin structure and a wonderful acid balance to keep the wine bright and fresh. There are flavors of blackberry, plum and wild mushrooms. This wine lingers gracefully on the pallet with a smoky-spicy finish.
Deep, dark ruby red color leads to aromas of plum, raspberry, caramel and caramelized sugar with a touch of mint, oak char and spice. This wine enters the mouth with intense fruit flavors of plum and blackberry becoming expansive on the middle palate. Strong tones of native acidity lead to a lengthy and smooth finish.
Upfront and cheeky with lashings of spicy clove and allspice followed up with anise and bright aromas of plum cherry and raisin. Your palate is pummeled by mouth filling flavors of cherry and raspberry with hints of cedar, rounded tannins and just the right amount of heat.
The flavors of cherry liqueur, red raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and cola are complemented with hints of mocha and vanilla. The wine exhibits soft tannins and culminates in a long and silky finish. This wine will age gracefully for 6 to 8 years.
Having lots of fruit, this concentrated Zinfandel has black pepper, black raspberry and cassis-like aromas. The luscious flavors are rich and jammy with some black cherry, cedar and a little sweet oak in the finish.
This comes from the border between the village of Premeaux and
Comblanchien, from an extremely well-situated vineyard located next to
Clos de Marechale, the very well-known Premier Cru Nuits St. George
vineyard, whose wine sells for $90 or more per bottle. This has a very
Nuits character, and is a delightful wine, with nice spice, a bit of
structure and fairly prominent red fruit notes. It represents a
terrific value in 2005 Burgundy. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy
The 2005 Sonoma County Zinfandel is a vigorous, jammy wine loaded with aromas of ripe raspberries, caramel, and Indian spices that prepare your palate for the distinct flavors of white pepper, crushed raspberries, and leather. On the finish, you’ll experience a burst of currants and hints of vanilla.
This Old Vine Zinfandel has deep ruby color and intense aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and allspice. On the palate, the flavors burst with blueberry pie, vanilla, and dark cherry fruit. The wine gains additional balance and strength from its excellent acidity and supple tannins, which are well integrated with French oak. The finish is long and impressive with additional dark fruit flavors and toasty nuances creating a silky mouthfeel.
Dark purple plum in color. The aromas are of ripe cherry, mocha, white pepper and wild flowers. Flavors are racy and spicy with concentrated sweet raspberry, blackberry, chocolate and spice box. Rich and mouth-filling, with firm acidity and well balanced tannins.
Deep, ruby red in color, aromas of intense blueberry and ripe strawberry intermingle with violet floral notes and hints of vanilla, roasted oak and black pepper. Flavors of blueberry, plum and red berry explode on the palate. This Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is a superb example of the region’s signature varietal: rich, ripe and elegant, with a soft, velvety texture.
Deep, brilliant garnet in color, this wine exudes a terrific nose of plum liqueur commingled with cherry blossom and Chinese five spice. This is a full-bodied wine with voluptuous texture exuding gorgeously pure flavors that ooze over the palate. Mocha and caramel notes tease out subtle hints of dried apricot and sweet orange scented allspice. Jammy, exotic, rich, exuberant and altogether sultry.
Distinctive cracked white pepper nuances differentiate the Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel from other Zinfandel bottlings. Intense, wild blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors complement white pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon notes.
The 2006 edition shows classic Sin Zin and Alexander Valley characteristics. There are notes of boysenberry and wild strawberry along with some crushed black pepper. But it's also a touch darker and richer than some previous versions: there's an addition of a small amount of Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley to the blend before the wine is aged in French and American oak.
On the nose, intense blackberry, cassis, and chocolate, followed by subtle aromas of perfumed lavender and violet, along with anise, and roasted coffee. On the palate, viscose and mouthfilling, with complex flavors of blackberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit, followed by chocolate, coffee, and clove spice. Quite rich with a long, persistent fruit and spice finish.
Dark ruby colored, this wine has inviting aromas of mixed berries, cola, baking spices and strawberry preserves. On the palate, deep yet bright flavors of ripe raspberries and blackberries along with sensations of toffee and crème brulee are followed by a round mouthfeel and an elegant, balanced harmonious finish.
Complex nose of ripe apricot, raspberry, cassis, red currant, wet stone, herbs and white pepper. Smooth, rich mouthful of apricot, cassis and white pepper flavors framed by good acidity. Very ripe integrated tannins. Finish with long lingering flavors of jammy fruit and herb.
Soft and elegant. This beautiful Zin offers floral scents, then bursts with ripe black cherries and bold summer berries, and finally leaves the palate with a delicate, french vanilla farewell. Sturdy tannins and structure promise superior aging for 5 to 7 years.
Hailing from a vineyard well over 100 years old, the 2004 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel defines the concept of terroir in the Dry Creek Valley. This rich, elegant wine displays aromas of cardamom and white pepper that are unique to this vineyard. On the palate are elegant flavors of black cherry, vanilla, and plum. The finish is silky and smooth with supple tannins that bring harmony and balance to this one-of-a-kind wine.
This zin is from some of the most select vineyard plots located in the Dry Creek Valley. With its amazing bouquet of wild berries, licorice, crushed violets and sweet vanilla, it explodes with intense fruit flavors of blackberries, ripe raspberries, mocha, jasmine tea, chocolate, leather, anise and cinnamon. The tannins are soft and silky and the finish lingers for several tantalizing moments.
Dark purple-ruby. A drop-dead gorgeous nose of spring flowers, mulberry, cassis, and spice. Classic Carlisle Vineyard. On the palate, full and rich with an explosion of raspberry, cassis, and briery flavors. Quite structured and serious for zinfandel.
A rich combination of blackberry, boysenberry, and sweet oak on the nose. On the palate is a superb blend of cherry and black cherry, accented by anise, clove, and roasted cocoa. Firm, silky tannins work in concert with the long finish.
Wild berry fragrance. Forward flavors of baking spices and boysenberries lead to a taste of summer berries. The luscious berry mix is complimented by just the right tannin structure, allowing a long graceful finish.
This wine has black cherry and raspberry aromas with hints of sage and allspice. This wine is smooth and elegant, with the balance and structure to improve with age. There are lots of black cherry flavors rounded out with black pepper and allspice.
This wine is produced from a certified organic, dry-farmed field-blend planted on Old Hill in the 1880’s. The vineyard is a mosaic of over two dozen grape varieties — principally Zinfandel, but also Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Syrah, Carignane, and Tempranillo, to name a few. All are blended together in this wine.
The color of this signature Old Hill Zin is dark purple and the aromas are wonderfully complex. There is an impressive array of sweet cherries, blackberries, plums and earthy "old hill" spice that lend structure and depth. The French oak contributes toast and vanilla aromas while enhancing the ripe grape tannins on the finish. Follow the evolution of this wine in your glass as it opens up or decant if you are in a hurry. The wine will reach its peak maturity in 7-10 years.
This old-vine Zinfandel provides alluring aromas of blackberry, sweet pipe tobacco, black pepper and anise, complemented by flavors reminiscent of fresh-baked blackberry pie with allspice, anise and caramel notes on the finish.
The wine is a brilliant medium ruby. Ripe, meaty and dark, with scents of cherry, spiced plum and clarified butter are supported by a deeper core of jammy fruit. On the palate, the wine is rich and concentrated, with chocolate and chestnut flavors and a long, smooth textured finish.
Taken from the best port lots of 2003, 2004, and 2005, this wine begins with earthy scents of
cedar and tobacco then unfolds to show walnut, plum and baked cherry
flavors. Big and chewy, silky tannins with a smoky edge running through
and a super long finish with nutty overtones.
Very complexly layered spice and black fruits, pretty blueberry fragrance, creamy oak, a bit of vanilla, dark chocolate and peppery tannins. Rich in mouth, good structure for aging, a bit chewy in its youth.
Aromas of fresh raspberry jam, boysenberry syrup, hints of bubble gum and a touch of pepper, this wine has a concentrated palate of Bing cherry, ripe blackberry, spice and rich vanilla cream. Silky tannins round out the long, smooth finish.
Colors of garnet and ruby lead to aromas of red raspberry, brambles and black cherry, followed on the palette by aromas with a bit of smoky nuance, and more vibrant fruit. A juicy rich middle gives way to a finely flavored finish. This is a bold Zinfandel with full fruit flavor and fabulous length.
Classic brambly aromas, raspberry, chocolate and spice mingle together in this rich and flavorful Zinfandel. Its big, firm structure accentuates vibrant fruit and oak. This elegant wine offers layers of complexity, firm tannins and a long finish.
This Late Harvest Zinfandel is the product of a very hot and dry 2004 harvest. In order to achieve the desired level of ripeness, the grapes were allowed to hang on the vine for an additional month to concentrate flavors and sugar. When harvested, the fruit registered 37.2º Brix. This wine is juicy and full-bodied on the palate with mulberry, plum and blackberry notes. It is well balanced, without being overripe, and is best enjoyed as an after-dinner complement with a favorite dessert or cheese.
Aged in new French oak from Tonnellerie Berger, a small cooperage in
Bordeaux, this wine shows aromas of dried cherry, plum, leather and
cigar box spice, with well balanced acidity, lively fruit by mouth with
a chewy mid-mouth and pleasant mocha/oak finish.
This fruit comes from some of
California’s finest Zinfandel regions including Sonoma’s Dry Creek
Valley, Amador (Shenandoah Valley), and Mendocino (Ukiah Valley). Deep
ruby red in color, this Zinfandel shows forward blackberry and
raspberry aromas melding with black pepper, licorice and currants.
Black cherry flavors follow with nutmeg, allspice, pepper, and dark
chocolate undertones while the texture is rich and round with some
sweet tannins giving backbone and structure.
The Hartford Vineyard's low yielding vines produce elegant zinfandel characterized by sumptuous and velvety texture. Boysenberry, anise and East Asian spice aromas transition into ripe black raspberry and mulberry flavors with a cinnamon stick finish. Well-integrated tannins juxtapose exceptional viscosity, gravelly notes and a very opulent texture.
This deep, cherry red Zinfandel exhibits intense aromas of blueberry, loganberry and baking spices with undertones of black pepper. The juicy blackberry flavors combine with lush plum and supple tannins to finish in a bold, fruit forward wine that is a classic example of the varietal.
The concentrated dark fruit flavors include deep berry, cocoa, and black currant. Other aromas and flavors include black licorice, smoky spice, bay, dusty earth and mineral. Full bodied, with very fine tannin structure, good grip and a long finish. French oak is spicy and well integrated. The wine is full bodied, with very fine tannin structure and a long finish.
With a deep ruby red hue this Zinfandel has aromas of intense blueberry, red raspberry, vanilla, and clove. It’s an elegant, fleshy Zinfandel, with loads of black fruit, a silky texture and a long finish that brings out a touch of cinnamon spice.
This wine is exotically spicy and rich. It is
black fruit oriented with aromas of black cherry and currants. Rich and
jammy, this is a very intense wine, blackberry and black pepper notes
and lots of extraction.
Bold aromas of Marianberry pie and molasses leap forward as cinnamon and sweet Cuban tobacco hang back and integrate into a palate of plums and jammy raspberries. Characteristics of smoked cedar sawdust and tealeaves yields to soft dusted tannins on the finish.
Whereas the 2004 was produced from a single Pinot Noir clone, the 2005
combines grape clones 115 and 777 from this same vineyard. The wine is
huge now and will take on additional weight in the bottle over the next
year. The nose exudes floral overtones, complimented by smoke and ripe
cherries. Roasted elements are very apparent. On the palate this is a
lush wine with substantial body, nice tannic structure and
This lovely wine is a rich example of the .Amador. Zinfandel style. The aromas are reminiscent of ripe blackberries, cherries, and cocoa. Made entirely from our own CCOF certified organically grown grapes. This wine is a perfect match for roasts, steak, and rich sauces, and will complement aged, full flavored cheeses.
The grapes for this wine come from two small hand tended hillside vineyards in the western Sonoma County foothills of the Alexander Valley. Medium bodied, with flavors of red raspberry, blackberry and black pepper.
The 2003 Zinfandel Port is made with fruit from the estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. In the nose, intense ripe fruit aromas of boysenberry and blackberry prevail. The mouth has wonderful density, with hints of dark chocolate enhancing the fruit flavors. The vibrant entry, lengthy middle, and pleasing finish provide a structure that allows the flavors and aromas to shine.
This wine is dark and brooding offering a thrilling combination of blueberry, wild berry and boysenberry flavors that are rich and concentrated yet vivid and well integrated with soft and complex tannins.
The aromas show exotic spices with a raspberry compote focus, but it also has more mysterious aromas of mineral and earth. The flavors show baked apricot, raspberry, currant and fig with notes of black pepper and black licorice. All of this is carried on a rich, plush texture. The finishing flavors are no less complex with ripe fruit, pepper, spice and mineral all intermingling.
The 2005 Abundantly Rich Red is made entirely from the Mencarini Family grapes in Lodi. This vintage of the famous Rich Red is another stellar addition.
The rich blend of old California varietals Zinfandel and Carignane leaves nothing to the imagination. This wine is loaded with intense fruity aromas of Bing cherries, plums and blackberries in contrast with chocolate and toasty aromas contributed by the judicious use of oak barrels. The mouth feel is full with soft, ripe tannins, and the finish is long and almost sweet without being sugary.
Alderbrook Winery applied the fanciful name "Wagon Wheel" to evoke the look of the vine’s canes, growing from the tops of the head-pruned vines, circling the plant and making sort of grape-vine wagon wheel. The classic black pepper aromas and brambly fruit flavors are to be expected of Dry Creek Zinfandel. The surprise is the wine’s precise balance and accessible structure.
Year after year, the fruit from this vineyard results in a dark, inky and extremely complex wine. The fruit flavors are made up of dark rasberry and blackberry flavors, with chocolate and coffee undertones.
With its wonderfully dark hue and intoxicating bouquet of ripe, red fruit, this wine rewards the palate with a combination of dark berry and spice, followed by a silky finish. Cellar for at least 8-10 years.
This Napa Valley Zinfandel's beautiful color is coupled with unusual
Zinfandel flavor, rich in plump black cherry and currant flavors, that
finishes with a light touch of vanilla.
This style that is more based on finesse than power, full of fruit and
bursting with flavor, with nice hints of
vanilla the finish is lingering with acidity and supple oak notes.
This Zinfandel is reminiscent of the Zinfandels produced in the late 1970's: very dark color, aromas of blackberries, a sweet middle and a dry acid finish. A very BRIGHT wine that is pleasing to the palate.
This wine is medium dark purple colored with intriguing aromas of wild plums, red berries, blackberries, cola and smoky spice. It shows flavors of dark plum and cherry with hints of spicy oak and a light overlay of coffee, chocolate and spice. It is full on the palate, lushly textured and backed by a bright finish.
This wine is deep ruby/purple colored with aromas of wild red berries, roasted nuts and crème de cassis. On the palate, a long lasting finish follows flavors of fresh berry pie, plums and blackberry jam with just a touch of white pepper. This rich ripe Zinfandel is weighty on the palate, yet keeps its balance in check.
This is a classic profile Zinfandel. It has bright acidity that is complimented by red raspberry, strawberry jam, and a lively spice, full of richness and complexity. A balanced wine which lacks overwhelming tannin, making it a beautiful pare with food.
This wine is full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, lush, plum and chocolate flavors coat the palate, yet the inherent structure of this incredible 4* vintage gives the wine superb depth, concentration and scintillating aromas. Drink it now and it will give you a thrilling drinking experience and will age well for the next 4-5 years. Try it now with pasta, roasted chicken or grilled meats. (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)
90-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby.
Distinctly wild nose combines musky, liqueur-like cherry and blackberry
aromas energized by classic varietal cracked pepper. Lush and creamy,
with sweet cherry and dark berry flavors, fully absorbed tannins and
very good persistence. Emerging spice notes add vibrancy to the
finish." (May/June 07)
"There have been a number of noteworthy Zinfandel bottlings from this
outstanding Sonoma site, but, other than those from the hand of Paul
Draper, we can recall few that have shown the degree of depth and sheer
fruity precision of this lively young wine. Its concentration and
richness come without worrisome heat, and, while never less than fully
ripe, it remains balanced and remarkably light on its feet. It has the
feel of a wine that is destined for better with time, and, however
delicious it is at the present time, it should continue to unfold and
evolve for a good many years." (Connoisseur's Guide, 93 Points)