Category Archives: Zinfandel

PICK of the RACK: The Federalist | Zinfandel | Dry Creek Valley | Sonoma County | California | 2011 | $23 (Avg.) | 90 pts

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Here is an intriguing and unconventional Zinfandel from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley that offers much complexity and individuality at a modest price. This is no jammy fruit bomb; it is driven, rather,  by savory earth, spice, and botanical  impressions — notably aromas of campfire, smoked meat, and incense … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Sobon Estate | Amador County | California

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Sobon Estate is a seasoned champion of Amador County Zinfandel. The winery produces a number of distinct Zinfandel labels, and here we are featuring two that demonstrate the winery’s skillful range: the 2011 Rocky Top, a bold and spicy interpretation … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Bogle Vineyards | Phantom | Red Blend | California | 2010 | $17 | 87 pts

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Bogle has released its newest Phantom — a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel (51%) Petite Sirah (47%), and Old Vine Mourvedre (2%) sourced from vineyards in Lodi, Clarksburg, and Amador County.  This is Bogle’s flagship red, produced in limited quantities and released each fall at a … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Shannon Ridge | “Home Ranch – Two Bud Block” Zinfandel | High Valley AVA | Lake County | California | 2008 | $25 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  boysenberry; cherry pie filling; cinnamon Character:  rich & fruit forward; zesty & juicy; medium-bodied; medium acids & soft tannins; soft, unobtrusive oak Flavors:  raspberry and blackberry jam; vanilla bean; red licorice; chocolate covered cherry; black pepper & baking spices Food Pairing:  … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Saddleback Cellars | Zinfandel | Napa Valley | California | 2008 | $38 | 92 pts

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Aromas: black cherry; bittersweet chocolate; black pepper; touch of smokiness Character: dry; rich & full-bodied; leathery tannins; mild acidity; long finish Flavors: deep, dark berry fruit; cocoa; cinammon; touch of lavender; spicy oak Food Pairing: smoked cheeses; grilled & roasted … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Scott Harvey Wines | Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel | Amador County | California | 2008 | $45 | 89 pts

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Aromas:  fresh raspberries; graphite. Character:  dry; fruit-driven; mid-weight; smooth mouth-feel; low tannin; medium acidity; light oak. Flavors:  red berries; cinammon; vanilla; black pepper; mineral. Food Pairing:  Creamy, soft cheeses; grilled meats & fish; tomato-based pasta dishes.   Scott Harvey’s newest Vineyard … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Story Winery | Amador County | California

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Story Winery is a shimmering nugget in California’s Gold Country. Nestled in the rustic reaches of the state’s very own Shenandoah Valley ~ a growing hub of winemaking in the Sierra Foothills wine region on the eastern edge of the … Continue reading

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