Sonoma County Zinfandel

Once & Future Wines

Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2018

This was our “back-up” bottle just in case the 1981 Clos du Val Zinfandel was DOA. In the end, the vitality of the ’81 rendered a back-up unnecessary however, we were resolved to open this nevertheless. The Old Hill Ranch is a historic vineyard endowed with a natural beauty that has few peers. Carefully farmed as a field blend with 30 other varieties, the vineyard is thought to be home to the oldest vines grafted to St. George rootstock (some of them are over 130 years old!!). The wine pours a bright ruby with no signs of sediment. On the nose, dark sour cherry, meat fat, brambles, and pie spice. On the palate, a mix of tart dark and red fruits, minerals, and a soft touch of baking spice. The finish is dry and long. Remarkable structure. Medium+ tannin, medium+ acid. This is a wine with tremendous vigor and it’s just getting started. While this is drinking very well already, I suspect these will have a very long life and should drink very well into the 2030’s and possibly, beyond. — 18 days ago

Shay, Byron and 14 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2018

I didn’t get to wait as long for this to open up as the last bottle (since I was sharing with a few other people). This needs either a 3-4 hour decant to really open up or at least 3-5 more years in the cellar before attempting to open. Laying the rest of mine down for a while. — 2 days ago

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Williams Selyem

Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

14.8% ABV. Fruit jumps from glass- blueberry, black cherry. Chocolate mint. Good acidity. Flavors of plum and berries. — 6 days ago


Sonoma County Zinfandel 2006

Very restrained Zin. (Calmed by Age?). Aromas of wild berries, black cherry and cloves with a hint of dark chocolate. Raspberry and cherry fruit on the pallet with a bit of black pepper on the finish. Color has lightened with time but this wine was still quite vibrant. Nice! — 19 days ago

Mike, Paul and 2 others liked this


"Giuseppe & Luisa" Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2019

Oh my wow! This is what I thought wine was supposed to be. Fruity, but with silky balance. — 12 days ago

Alex, LM and 11 others liked this


Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

Powerful, juicy, smokey, spicy, and gamey. Black cherries, black currants, and a hint of mocha. — 6 hours ago

V. Sattui Winery

Ramazzotti Vineyard Zinfandel 2019


Bright and juicy, good fruit. A little spice. I like this. Drinking with Melissa at Sattui — a day ago

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Mancini Ranch Zinfandel 2018

2018 Vintage. 15.1% Alcohol. Bright, crisp fruit with good acidity and medium body. Loved it. — 8 days ago

David, David and 7 others liked this

Terlato Vineyards

The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2015

Here is THE FEDERALIST, zinfandel from dry creek valley. 2018. The boquet is raspberry and rubarb pie. The beginning starts with buttery smooth tart berry jam on toast and develops a  Black licorice beginning. The mid palate delivers a punch of spice and pepper and that wonderful cedar impression. The finish is very smooth and again buttery and semidry.  I will purchase this again at a low price of 20 bucks a bottle.
— 19 days ago

Mike, David and 2 others liked this

V. Sattui Winery

Russian River Valley Old Vine Zinfandel


Delicious. Dry and spicy. This is my kind of wine and a great zinfandel. Drinking with Melissa at Sattui — a day ago