Bedrock Winery is producing some of the most exciting new releases we've tasted in California and the Bedrock 2014 Old Vines Zinfandel is a fantastic wine and unbeatable value.
A blend of legendary Sonoma County vineyards dating back to the 1880s, Morgon-Peterson's old vines zin makes a strong case for the best overall Zinfandel available today. It delivers the exuberance we expect of this generous grape, but transcends any superficial tendencies with a layer or three of earth, tannin, baking spices, and tip-top French oak treatment. A Zin that benefits from a few years in the cellar to develop gravitas and wow factor, but truly drinks great right out of the gates. Bedrock Zinfandels are the best in the business (the single vineyard bottlings are now uber-allocated). This is your chance to drink Bedrock Zin all the time. Delicious but limited - hurry.
Robert Parker: "The 2014 Old Vines Zinfandel is an outstanding, full-throttle wine with a Mediterranean personality, with loads of Provençal herbs, briary black raspberry and black cherry fruits, dusty loaminess, a lush, full-bodied mouthfeel and dark ruby/purple-tinged color. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
Inaugural vintage from Joe Wagner, youngest son of Chuck Wagner, who founded Caymus Vineyards with his parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner.
Zinfandel is California's unique varietal and its a great time to be a Zin lover. We tasted through dozens of small-producers and hand-selected our favorites for this mixed case. A must for any Zin-fantatic! 10% c ase discount already built into price.
Each 12-pack includes 2 bottles each of the following wines:
- Old Ghost 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($37) A scary delicious zin with a rabid cult following.
- Gamba 2012 Starr Road Ranch Old Vines Zinfandel, Russian River Valley ($45) One of Californi'as best undiscovered Zin producers
- Valdez 2010 Boticelli Vineyard Zinfandel ($41) One of our favorite small Zin producers in California
- D-Cubed 2012 Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($25) One of our top Zin picks from the vintage.
- Hendry 2012 Block 7 & 22 Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($35) 96 points
- Elyse 2008 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley ($37) Another stunning Zinfandel from Elyse from the heart of Napa's Rutherford Bench.
Extremely limited single-vineyard Zinfandel from Brown Estate. Only 330 cases produced.
Our Mickey’s Block zinfandel vineyard is located on the far west side of our property beside a seasonal stream at an elevation of 1100 ft. The soils are volcanic, rocky, and mineral rich, with ideal quantities of sand and clay. This tiny six-acre vineyard has long been coveted for its unusually small clusters and berry size, which provide maximum intensity due to the high ratio of skins to volume. Mickey’s Block is our only zinfandel vineyard with a north-south orientation.
One of our favorite small production Zinfandel producers, Brown Estate makes a delicious Zinfandel (60%) Cabernet (40%) and Petite Sirah (5%) blend that will delight Zin and Cab fans alike. Limited.
Dense crimson color with a blue scarlet rim leads to a fragrant nose of exotic Asian apple blossom, crushed rose petals, and cloves. This wine delivers a mouthful of soft, silky texture that gives way to ripe, forward fruit balanced with layers of complexity. Cascading flavors of blackberries, black cherries, cappuccino, and tobacco lead to herbaceous earthiness with undertones of big game and fresh sage and rosemary. This is a dark, deep, brooding and seductive wine that glides over your palate toward a long, elegant finish. The perfect wine to pair with boldly seasoned grilled meats and garlicky potatoes with coarse ground mustard, or a comforting beef pot pie.
One of our favorite small production California Zinfandels for years, The Brown Estate Zinfandel is a beautifully structured, elegant zinfandel. This wine has the great upfront fruit that is a hallmark of Zinfandel, but it also has the polish, elegance, and complexity that makes this a wine to ponder. Wonderful raspberry fruit, with a silky mouthfeel and wonderful balance makes this wine a winner. ST 92 pts.
The Brown Family are the proud owners of this small property located in the Chiles Valley district of the Napa Valley. The Zinfandel grown and produced here is nothing short of spectacular! They have been selling their prime Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit to the likes of Grgich Hills and Green & Red Vineyards.
A perennial best buy in Napa Valley Zinfandel!
Beuhler 2011 Napa Valley Zinfandel is a mix of their estate vineyards and grapes from other select Napa Valley high quality, low-yielding vineyards. Dry-farmed for over 23 years, the 4.5 acre estate block consists of mature thirty-eight year old vines which typically give around 2.5 tons/acre of beautiful hillside Zinfandel fruit. Interspersed among the head-trained vines are a handful of Petite Sirah vines representing perhaps 5% of the total vines in this block. A traditional field companion to Zinfandel in pre-prohibition California vineyards, Petite Sirah contributes pepper, color, and tannin structure to the wine.
One of our favorite new boutique Zinfandel discoveries! Charter Oak is one of the best Zins we've ever tried - only 142 cases produced.
From vineyards planted during President 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 blackberry satin finish. This is a bold Zinfandel of massive proportions. Yields were approximately 1.5 tons per acre. Aged exclusively in French oak Burgundy barrels. Big, black & balanced.
A small-production gem from the owner's of the legendary Hayne Vineyard, one of California's finest old vines Zinfandel vineyards. Chase Cellars 2012 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley.
Winery Notes: "Our historic Hayne Vineyard is home to 112-year old heritage Zinfandel vines. Dry-farmed, head-trained, hand-tended and sustainably managed, our old vines have some incredible qualities including an almost mysterious ability to maintain beautiful, mouth-watering acidity even with extended hang times. We’re able to make ripe, powerful and complex wines without compromising overall balance and finesse. This is the Holy Grail in winemaking and just one of the secrets of our heritage vines."
New Zinfandel from Chateau Montelena. Limited.
Beautiful and dark garnet in color, the Chateau Montelena 2011 Zinfandel opens with aromas of bright raspberry and floral top notes; followed by cedar, dried berries, dried plums, and the classic Zinfandel briar-berry along with hints of pipe tobacco and dusty cocoa. The palate opens softly, with exceptional balance, and builds nicely into a good full finish. Dried fruit notes are perfectly complemented by fresh, red currant and mature black fruit flavors. Very juicy on the palate, it is ripe and sweet, with good length and just a hint of herbs on the finish. It shows good weight and velvety tannins throughout - very fleshy without being overbearing - and should pair nicely with a wide variety of dishes.
Another beautiful Napa Zinfanel from D-Cubed Cellars. Sourced from some of Napa's best Zin vineyards including Howell Mt. and the Chiles Valley vineyard where the owner also makes Brown Estate Zinfandel.
92 points Wine & Spirits "Best Buy": "Supple and elegant in its black and red cherry flavors, this wine's tannins layer herbal and chocolate scents into the fruit. Those tannins are round but potent, with a mouthwatering mineral character that gains dimension as the wine broadens with air. This will benefit from several years in the cellar, or from long decanting before dinner with roast lamb. "
91 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and jammy, offering bright black raspberry and smoky pepper aromas, with layered flavors of briary cherry and toasty anise. Drink now through 2016. 936 cases made. "
Awesome new release from one of our favorite small Napa Zin producers! If you aren't familiar with the reds from Elyse try them now as they always sell out fast. Old-vine Zin from the famed Morisoli Vineyard in the heart of the Rutherford Bench.
The Elyse 2012 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel Napa Valley is deep purplish ruby in color and reveals intense aromas of sweet briary fruit, dried herbs and creme de cassis. Intoxicating aromas are followed by a cornucopia of flavors including black raspberries, wild cherries, black currants and orange zest,
91 Points Wine Spectator: "Briary raspberry and rose petal aromas lead to flavors that start off bright, but take on appealing power and depth as this opens. Notes of blackberry, anise and smoky pepper show on the finish, with big but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2022."
Rockpile fruit help make Five Vintners of the best new California Zinfandels available. Grab this great small-produciton Zin while it lasts - Only 940 cases produced!
Five Vintner's Krisi Raymond of Napa's Raymond Family has struck out on her own with this fantastic new lablel. This Zinfandel blends some of the best fruit from Napa Valley and Sonoma. 42% comes from the Nichelini Vineyards in the Pope-Chiles area of Napa, 30% from Mauritson Vineyards in Dry Creek and 20% from their Rockpile Vineyard. 8% of the blend is made up of Syrah from Truchard Vineyards in Carneros. One of our best under $25 Zinfandel discoveries!
Just released! Frank Family Zinfandel always sells out in a matter of months so order now to try one of our favorite Napa Valley Zins!
Frank Family Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel is dense, dark scarlet to the eye; the nose is jam-packed with dazzling blackberries, plums, and black cherries touched with the essence of white pepper spice. The palate is rich and concentrated with mouth filling ripe fruit flavors interwoven with velvety tannins followed by a long, comforting finish.
New release of one of our favorite boutique California Zins! Only 650 cases produced, get this up-and-coming Cult Zin before its gone.
If you love the BIG Zin style made famous by wineries such as Turley, Rosenblum and Ridge, you owe it to yourself to get on the Gamba Zinfandel bandwagon. Deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of black currants, plums, and briery mountain fruit. With medium to full body, good sweetness, impressive texture, well-integrated acidity and wood, and a long, heady finish, this is a classic Zinfandel to drink over the next 4-5 years.
Robert Parker: "...Gamba Zinfandel possesses tremendous intensity, a creamy, full-bodied palate, fine purity, and a long, spicy, heady finish. One of the finest Zins of the vintage, it should drink well for 5-7 years."
New release of one of our favorite boutique California Zins! Only 650 cases produced, get this up-and-coming Cult Zin before its gone.
previous vintage 94 Points Robert Parker: "The Zinfandel Old Vine Gamba Estate Vineyard (no wimpy wine here at 15.9%) shows great classicism in its structure, sweet tannin and totally disguised alcohol, dispelling the myth that somehow 15.9% produces wines that are out of balance, burning and overheated. That is a falsehood that needs to be debunked time after time. Aside from polemics, this is a full-bodied, gorgeously rich, gutsy, full-throttle Zinfandel that is bursting with fruit and character representing the essence of this varietal. Drink it over the next decade or more...These are pretty serious Zinfandels and certainly Gamba’s name is going to have to be included with some of the stars of Sonoma, such as Hartford Court, Carlisle, Bedrock and even the superstar Turley over in Napa."
If you love the BIG Zin style made famous by wineries such as Turley, Rosenblum and Ridge, you owe it to yourself to get on the Gamba Zinfandel bandwagon.
The inaugural release of Ghost Block 2014 Zinfandel now available!
The Pelissa vineyard is located on Oakville Crossroads directly behind our family winery, creating this Estate grown & produced Zinfandel. With Napa Valley elegance, this single vineyard Zinfandel offers layer s of complex aromas and flavors. Bursting with bright, dark fruits and hints of vanilla, black pepper, and violet undertones. This wine is balanced with intricate oak essences. A smooth, luscious, and velvet finish that coats your palate will keep you sipping for more.
A fantastic value in Old Vines Napa Valley Zin! The Girard 2013 Old Vines Zinfandel Napa Valley is a blend of 76% Zinfandel and 24% Petite Sirah. Sourcecd from mountain vineyards that provide a rich flavor extraction, fruit-forward palate and wonderful layers of complexity from multiple soil types. One of our favorite Napa Zins under $30!
90 Points Wine Spectator: "Loaded with ripe, jammy fruit, this has just enough structure to stay light-footed, with black cherry, toasty oak and spice aromas. Drink now through 2019."
This great under the radar Red Zinfandel from Napa Valley is a beauty. Highly recommended.
Green & Red Vineyard, named for its red iron soils veined with green serpentine, is located in the steep hills on the east side of Napa Valley. The planting was started in 1972 on ground originally in vineyards in the 1890's. The vineyards are a small percentage of the 200-acre property, which ranges in elevation from 900 to 2,000 feet.The Tip Top Vineyard is located at 1700 ft in elevation and faces northeast. The soils are red and rocky. Red raspberry/currant/blackberry/laurel lead to a lively finish laced with ground black pepper.
Rare single vineyard Zinfandel from Hartford - Limited.
Wine Spectator: "Elegant, supple and well-structured, with raspberry and spice aromas and appealing cherry, tart blueberry and vanilla flavors, finishing with crisp minerality. Drink now through 2020. 420 cases made."
91+ Points Robert Parker: "The 2011 Zinfandel Fannucchi-Wood Road Vineyard, from vines that were planted over 100 years ago, is pure minerality. Reticent and intensely saline, the 2011 is intriguing, but also quite shut down today. Exotic citrus peel and floral notes emerge over time, but readers will have to be patient. Today, the Fannucchi-Wood Road is very much closed in on itself. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021...Proprietor Don Hartford and winemaker Jeff Stewart have done a fabulous job with these new releases. It is rare for a winery to excel with so many different wines across three varieties and a bevy of sites. Each of these wines is unique and distinctive, not to mention that virtually all of the wines are immensely pleasing as well. This year, I was especially taken with the 2011 Zinfandels, wines that all have tremendous energy and vibrancy. At times, the Hartford Zinfandels can be quite Pinot-like in style.."
Rare single vineyard Zinfandel from Hartford - Limited
The 2011 Jolene's Vineyard Zinfandel is one of the highest rated California Zins of the vintage
"Rich and supple, balanced by good structure, offering wild berry and spicy caramel aromas that lead to ripe and jammy cherry flavors, showing accents of dried herb and licorice. The tannins tighten up on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 325 cases made."
91 Points Robert Parker: "The 2011 Zinfandel Jolene’s Vineyard is laced with sweet tobacco, wild flowers, sage and rosemary. The style is less obvious than in many of the other wines in this range, instead, the Jolene’s relies on its energy and focus to impress, which it does quite nicely. The finish is all about precision and nuance. Jolene’s emerges from a parcel of 100+-year-old head-trained vines. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019...Proprietor Don Hartford and winemaker Jeff Stewart have done a fabulous job with these new releases. It is rare for a winery to excel with so many different wines across three varieties and a bevy of sites. Each of these wines is unique and distinctive, not to mention that virtually all of the wines are immensely pleasing as well. This year, I was especially taken with the 2011 Zinfandels, wines that all have tremendous energy and vibrancy. At times, the Hartford Zinfandels can be quite Pinot-like in style.
Rare single vineyard Zinfandel from Hartford - Limited
93 Points Robert Parker: "Another beauty is the 2013 Zinfandel Highwire Vineyard, which comes from century-old vines, half of which are head-pruned and the other half are trained on a trellising system, hence the name. Aged in 50% new French oak, it includes a small percentage of old vine Carignane in the blend. Terrific blackcurrant and kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with loamy soil, pepper, spice and unsmoked cigar tobacco are all present in this big, full-bodied, powerful Zinfandel. It should drink well for 7-8 years."
93 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Blue and black stone fruits, pepper, savory herbs and dark spices are some of the notes that inform the 2013 Zinfandel Highwire Vineyard. At once quite ripe and also tannic, the Highwire is a bit explosive in style, but all the elements come together very nicely. The huge, resonant finish makes a statement, that is for sure."
In addition to their enviable portfolio of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, Hartford Court is one of the top Zinfandel specialists in California. The five 2013 Zinfandels I tasted were all bottled early to preserve their fruit and character."
Fun Fact: The 96-year old Highwire Vineyard takes its name from the vineyards trellising systems: half of the parcel is head trained; half is trained on an unusually high wire strung between each vine. This unconventional trellising method was devised by vineyard owner Lloyd Chelli to permit greater sun exposure and promote even ripening. Both sections of the vineyard are harvested and evaluated individually before selecting the best lots to ensure consistency in style of the incredibly unique 'Highwire' Vineyard Zinfandel. The Chelli family cares deeply for the old vines behind their home. Their dedicated approach to farming is reflected in the character of the wine produced from their vineyard.
Fantastic new Zinfandel from Hendry! The Hendry family has been farming in Napa since 1939. Their Block 7 and Block 22 were planted in 1975 and 1995 respectively.
96 Points Wines & Spirits: "The scent of this wine is worth the price of admission, a combination of sage, sun and wet rock, of forest pines and dark red fruit. It reminded Wolfgang Weber, one of our panelists, of hiking in the North Coast, "in the morning, when the sun burns off the dew and picks up the scents of plant resins." The fragrance may round the wine in the Napa Valley hills, but the texture is pure benchland, about as silky as a wine can be...a deliciously plump Zinfandel, the kind of dynamic red wine that proves Napa Valley's greatness."
Wine Enthusiast: "High alcohol gives this wine peppery heat and a mouthwatering savoriness. The flavors, though, are all Zinfandel, suggesting ripe wild blackberries, currants and dark chocolate. It will pair well with smoky, sweetly-sauced barbecued ribs and chicken."
The Jelly Jar 2013 Old-Vine Zinfandel Lake County is a fantastic value in tasty California Zin - a new discovery for us, this small-production Zin has quickly become our favorite "house wine!"
Andy and Shannon Pestoni's wine brand, Jelly Jar, gets back to the idea that great wine wasn't always served in fancy crystal glasses (or made in posh winegrowing communities). Dry-farmed, head-trained, volcanic, single-vineyard wines from Lake County are what they're about. The Nova Vineyard Zin captures these ideals into a delicious wine with a vibrant perfume of plum, berries and mocha tones with hints of oak that explode on the palate. Flavors of blackberry jam, cinnamon and black pepper mean a wine full of character that's rich and robust with supple tannins and a long, spicy finish.
One of the best value boutique Zinfandels in California! An intense, fruit-filled wine you expect to cost at least twice as much. If you have yet to try a Zin from Lodi, this is the one!
The Klinker Brick 2013 Old Vines Zinfandel is produced from an amalgam of 14 different vineyard blocks, ranging in age from 35 to 110 years old. This vintage saw lower yields than 2005, producing a wine that is both complex and bold. Showing typical Klinker Brick cherry/berry/plum fruit components with aromatic spices on the nose, this wine is incredibly well balanced with a silky smooth texture and a long lingering finish. One of their best!
Fantastic new Zinfandel release from Kuleto Estate's hillside vineyard overlooking Napa Valley.
92 Points Robert Parker: " This superb Zinfandel, which includes 10% Sangiovese in the blend, boasts a deep ruby/purple color, abundant fruit, a full-bodied, powerful palate, and loads of new saddle leather, black cherry, strawberry, herb, and earth characteristics. It is a spicy, complex, intense, opulent effort to consume over the next 4-5 years."
Limerick Lane is back with fantastic new Zinfandels. Hurry while these small-production gems are still available.
From their 30-acre estate near Healdsburg in the northeast corner of the Russian River Valley, Limerick Lane produces Zinfandel with a full sense of their Sonoma heritage. The wines convey an honest finesse and a pristine sense of the unique terroir of the Russian River Valley. Zinfandel fanatics are down-to-earth in their passion for the grape, and Limerick Lane is a treasured secret among the faithful for its value and expression. Rustic, gutsy Zinfandel delicately balanced with clarity of fruit and acid. Minimal use of oak preserves the freshness and highlights the full chewy structure.
previous vintage 94 Points Wine Spectator: "A knockout Zinfandel, balancing an opulent texture with great focus and depth. Aromas of rose petal and raspberry lead to rich and layered flavors of cherry, herbes de Provence and cracked white pepper. Finishes with a bounce of acidity and ripe, lively tannins. Drink now through 2020."
92 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 Zinfandel from the Russian River is another sexy wine, and one of their largest production cuvées of just under 2,000 cases. It finished at 14.6% alcohol and shows plenty of classic Mediterranean roasted herbs, pepper, spice and full-bodied blackberry and cherry fruit. It’s a classic Zinfandel, very pure, impressively crafted and should drink nicely for up to a decade."
An outstanding new Zinfandel discovery from Macauley and winemaker Kirk Venge. Only 375 cases produced.
Winemaker Notes: "This is perhaps the smoothest, silkiest and most seductive tasting Zinfandel I’ve ever made. I would strive to produce this exact bottling every year were it so easily done. The color is an amazing and dark garnet followed by richness and ripeness found in Zins that come only ever so often. The aromatics are well stacked in the glass beginning with sweet red fruit and flowed by barrel vanillin and sweet cocoa. Lastly the typical Zin white pepper and spice finds its place in the furthermost layers of the nose. Moving from the aromatics to the first taste, getting to enjoy this wine is a much anticipated event. The flavors are a pleasant twist of blackberry, vanilla, cassis and sweet density from old vine age supported by the oak. Tannin and acid are interlaced as well offering plenty for this rich Zinfandel to support itself upon. The overall is a polished and pleasing wine that rides the fine line of ripeness with textured mouthfeel and finish that satisfies for over 45 seconds after the first taste. I would anticipate this wine drinking well from inception to 2019 and well beyond."
A fantastic tiny -production Zinfandel from the famed Sierra Foothils Zin country. Michael Martella is the winemake at Thomas Fogarty winery and in his spare time hand-produces small batches of his own wines.
Big, rich and spicy, the Martella 2008 Fiddletown Zinfandel is a true Zin-lovers wine - dont miss it before it dissapears. Only 275 cases produced.
Limited release of Martinelli's legendary Sonoma Zinfandel.
96 Points Robert Parker: "Absolutely killer, the 2014 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa (16.4% alcohol) is opaque purple in color with notes of Asian spice, blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and espresso. The wine is complex, beautifully pure, and full-bodied, with a skyscraper-like texture and length. Drink it over the next 10-15+ years...
...One of the great families of Northern California, and of course, one of the highest quality producers, the Martinellis – and rather remarkably so – only estate-bottle 15% of their production from over 300 acres of beautifully situated vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. No doubt Helen Turley, who worked at Martinelli and mentored its winemaking team, left a profound influence on the quality of the Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and Zinfandels, a fact that can’t be overstated. The Chardonnays all go through full malolactic fermentation and tend to see about 50% new oak. The Pinot Noirs are always 100% destemmed and largely spend no longer than ten months in about 60% new French oak. More specifics are included with the following tasting notes."
A delicious new Zinfandel from Neal Family Vineyards - don't miss this opportunity to try this beauty before it sells out.
Lovely aromas of berries with hints of spice, and a rich, sweet oak give this wine a complex character. A sweet berry pie fruit flavor, a touch of pepper and a mouth-coating richness make this our biggest Zinfandel to date. Vanilla and cherry cream flavors, dried fruit and chocolate covered cherry notes accompany a big, velvety tannin texture and long finish.
Know for their Cabernet, Oakville Winery's Zinfandel is a real sleeper. A delicious Napa Valley Zinfandel we highly recommend.
The Oakville 2011 Zinfandel has developed a powerful structure that is sweet on the front palate and spicy on the back. Black currants, wild huckleberries, cherries and a melting essence of dark chocolate emerge from this full-bodied wine that finishes with a note of vanilla and cracked pepper. This wine makes a great companion to almost any meal.
Old Ghost represents the very best lots of Old Vine Zinfandel that Klinker-Brick Winery produces. This small-production Zin sells out quickly soon after each release. Try it while its still available!
For the past three vintages, Old Ghost has come from 90 plus-year-old vineyard blocks that typically produce tiny yields that are less than one ton per acre. Very keenly defined berry-like fruit gives great direction to the rich, sweetly oaked aromas of this tantalizing Zinfandel, and, even if it is biased to the ripeness of its provenance on the palate, it has admirable volume and depth. A streak of firming tannins provides a nice bit of grip and ensures several years of growth.
Our Orin Swift 6-bottle Sampler contains one bottle of our favorite current releases rom this venerable winery so you can't go wrong. Each Sampler Pack contains one bottle each of:
The Prisoner 2014 Red Napa Valley - $44.99
The Prisoner 2014 'Blindfold' White Blend California - $29.99
Orin Swift 2013 "D66" Proprietary Red - $37.99
Orin Swift 2013 'Cuttings' Proprietary Red - $54.99
Orin Swift 2014 'Saldo' Zinfandel - $27.99
Orin Swift 2014 'Abstract' Red - $31.99
One of California's finest Zinfandel producers - always extremely limited.
94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Zinfandel is 100% Zinfandel aged 16 months in two-thirds used French oak and one-third new oak. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with peppery, meaty notes intermixed with loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied with no hard edges, this beauty should drink well for 5-8 years...
...This is a fabulous source of terrific wines from owners Kathy and Frank Dotzler and their multi-talented winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown. Not only are the wines outstanding, but their pricing policy is among the less ego-driven in Napa Valley. That is to be applauded.
The 2012s are sexy, outrageously fruity, gorgeous wines that are as sensual as you could want. For me, the two finest Grenaches being made in California come from Alban’s Edna Valley Vineyard, and Manfred and Elaine Krankl’s Sine Qua Non further south. However, I must say the Outpost Grenache from Howell Mountain (from the Alban Clone which reportedly was suitcased from cuttings at Châteauneuf du Pape’s Château Rayas) is spectacular. "
Fantastic new Zinfandel from the The Prisoner Wine Co! Extremely limited new release - get your allocation before it sells out.
Saldo is a delicious blend of Zinfandel & Petite Sirah. Through the success of the Prisoner label, the winery has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in Nothern California and made a high quality Zinfandel that doesn't fit the constraints of a single appelation. The result? SALDO.
93 Points Brix26: "The 2013 Saldo has a dark ruby color and intense aromas of dark cherry, cocoa powder and baking spice. The entry is rich and full, and leads into a broad mid palate with concentration and density, backed by lively acidity. The texture is soft and the tannins are polished. The finish is long with persistent notes of chocolate, berry and vanilla bean."
Another fantastic Three Valleys from Ridge and one of the best Zinfandel values anywhere!
"Three Valleys" is the proprietary name for the only Ridge wine blended from multiple vineyard sites. They select softer, more accessible lots from their single vineyards and, taking the role of winemaker literally, create a character they find most appealing. Younger vines from Lytton Estate provided most of the fruit; older vines on five small Alexander Valley vineyards and one Russian River vineyard make up the rest. This sixth vintage of Three Valleys contains the highest percentage of zinfandel to date. Sensuous structure and rich fruit give the wine immediate appeal; it will bemost enjoyable over the next five years.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast "Editor's Choice: "This bottling defines such a style. It's dry and lithe in the mouth yet gently tannic, with suggestions of berry jam, bacon, grilled mushrooms and hints of balsamic and soy sauce."
80% ZINFANDEL, 10% PETITE SIRAH, 5% CARIGNANE, 5% GRENACHE
The most ageworthy of all Ridge zinfandels, the Ridge Geyserville can be magnificent when young. Taste a Geyserville. Any vintage will do but the 2013 is a beauty.
94 Points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Zinfandel Geyserville appears to be especially marked by the Carignane at this stage, especially in the lifted, super-expressive aromatics. Silky tannins balance the gravitas of the 100+ year-old Zinfandel in a focused, nuanced Geyserville built on raciness. Bright red cherry, plum and floral notes punctuate the finish. The blend is 60% Zinfandel, 22% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 2% Mataro (Mourvèdre). This is a tremendous effort from Ridge."
Located on the western edge of Sonoma's Alexander Valley, Geyserville was Ridge's first source of red wine grapes, other than Monte Bello Ridge. The combination of Geyserville's climate, gravelly soils, and varietal mix (zinfandel, carignane, petite sirah, alicante, mataro, etc.) imparts elegance and definition not usually associated with zinfandel. It's hard to describe a "typical" Geyserville. Each vintage is unique, distinct, extraordinary. Yet they do have elements in common, including the blackest of blackberry fruit, peppery spice, tar, cedar. The term "layered" was invented for Geyserville. And the wines change, re-inventing themselves in bottle, developing more nuance and complexity as years pass. The '73 still shines.
Fantastic new Ridge Zinfandel from the Dusi Vineyard in Paso Robles.
Benito Dusi Ranch is the only vineyard on the Central Coast that Ridge sources grapes from, and they've been making wines from the Zin vines there since 1967. The wines from this site are fruit-filled but balanced, with bright raspberry fruit and toasted coconut flavors.
The Return of the Black Chicken! One of California's most sought-after Zins is back.
94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2014 Zinfandel Black Chicken (its name coming from the code name used when ordering a jug of Zinfandel during the Prohibition era) is another relatively big-boned Zinfandel at 15.3% alcohol. Gorgeously proportioned, textured and almost chewy, this stunningly hedonistic and fleshy, flamboyant Zinfandel delivers abundant glycerin, fruit, quality and personality. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. ..One of the top Zinfandel specialists in Northern California, Robert Biale’s 2014 Zinfandels are all relatively large-scaled wines, ranging from the mid- to upper-14% alcohol levels to mid-15s."
Since 1937, the Biale family has grown Zinfandel along with assorted other varieties on their farm just outside the town of Napa. Their Zins are famous for a certain breed of intensity and power- the kind you get when you restrict yields to only the best, most concentrated, fully ripe fruit each vintage. "Black Chicken" gets its name from Aldo Biale, who used the name as a code word when he started making the wine on the sly in the '40s and didn't want other members of his family to know. Black Chicken is primarily sourced from Biale's Oak Knoll District ranch estate. Grab some of this limited gem before it disappears!
The Rombauer Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel captures the essence of California Zinfandel with this ripe, fruit driven wine. It is filled with aromas of boysenberries, raspberries and wild berries. The wine is loaded with flavors of ripe, zesty wild berry and blackberry jam that picks up spicy, peppery notes. It finishes with a fantastic burst of fruit and concentrated berry flavors. A blend of Zinfandels from Rombauer's vineyards: 59% Amador, 24% Napa, 11% Lake, 6% El Dorado.
Limited new release of one of Rosenblum's finest vineyard deignate Zinfandels from the famous Rockpile Road Vineyard!
Rich and robust, flavors of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry mingle with spice and vanilla in the nose. True to its acclaimed linage the 2010 Rockpile Road Vineyard Zinfandel is a stunner.
Limited Dry Creek Zinfandel release from Seghesio. Get the new vintage before the ratings come out!
previous vintage 94 Points Wine Spectator: "Dark and intense, yet well-polished, with floral blackberry and pepper aromas and concentrated black cherry, bitter chocolate and black olive flavors that finish with muscular but ripe tannins. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2022."
Seghesio consistently makes some of the best buys in California Zinfandel year in and year out.
93 Points Wine Spectator "Highly Recommended": "A winning combination of rustic richness and sleek balance. Aromas of briary wild berry and spicy mocha lead to dense, layered flavors of black cherry, grilled anise and pepper."
Always one of the favorite California Zins we carry.
93 Points Wine Spectator: "Plump and luscious, this is jam-packed with fruit. Lively blackberry, pepper and other spice box aromas lead to ripe and rich flavors of black raspberry, caramel and licorice. There are more complex Zinfandels, but few that are more enjoyable to drink. Drink now through 2022."
Wine Enthusiast: "You could use this as a teaching tool for classic Sonoma County Zinfandel. It's full-bodied, dry and spicy, with briary flavors of wild berries, mocha, tobacco, leather and exotic spices. More importantly, it's absolutely delicious. The grapes come from Seghesio's best vineyards in the Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. An astonishing value."
Another awesome Zinfandel from T-Vine Cellars. If you have not yet discovered this small-production Napa Winery this is the wine to convert you.
A delicious Old Vines Zinfandel sourced from the Frediani Vineyard. Aromas of ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit abounds in this joyous, insanely lip-smacking Zin. Its so balanced you might not notice the hefty weight or the serious spice on that long kick of a finish. 23% Petite Sirah fleshes out the Zin to produce an incredibly rich and unctuous wine. Sadly, only 790 cases produced. Order early before it sells out.
The Prisoner is our most popular and best-selling red wine every year: its simply the most delicious Zin blend available. Don't miss this delicious fruit bomb bursting with deep, rich flavors.
Winemaker Notes: "The Prisoner 2014 has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish. 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon,15% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache."
Robert Parker: "I love what he's done with The Prisoner, a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache. This is a big, sexy, fruit bomb boasting abundant amounts of black, blue, and red fruits along with pepper, spice box, earth, and herbs. It tastes like the unmanipulated essence of the fruit of a Mediterranean vineyard. Soft tannins, medium to full body, and a heady mouthfeel make this a seductive wine to enjoy over the next 2-3 years."