Central Valley, California


Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2002

I had my doubts, and I’m glad I didn’t hold it a day longer, but this is lovely now. Deep transparent ruby, with a musty perfume of ripe red and purple fruits, raisins, fruit leather, a little balsamic note and allspice. Fruit on the palate is stewed but vibrant, with some orange peel bitterness adding complexity on the finish. Decanted off sediment, but didn’t need any time to air.. very delicate and aromatically open at this point. — 2 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nothing better than well-aged Zinfandel 👍
Josh Morgenthau

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@Severn Goodwin I hadn’t tried any nearly this old before, but found some vintage Turley on sale at blacksmith wines for less than the cost of current release, so it was a no-brainer! Always nice to try something new.

Hologram Wines

Prototype Lodi Zinfandel 2019

Dark ruby. Nose of plum and red licorice @. Medium full palate echoes the nose with the licorice turning more black and adding a touch of vanilla and a bit of heat (14.5% abv… aerator recommended to alleviate that). Fine tannins on the finish and medium acidity throughout. Eight bucks gets you a classic intro to California Zinfandel and extra money in your pocket to spend elsewhere. Upgrade your burgers. Drink now. — 20 days ago

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Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2014

Awesome...but was totally eclipsed by the 2014 Seymour’s that we had next (that bottle is still half-full - will post that later this evening... — 3 days ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
with Vanessa
Chris, Paul and 9 others liked this

Bokisch Vineyards

Andrus Island Vineyard Albariño 2018

Nose: sea salt, lemon, white flowers, peach, tiny hint of petrol.
Palate: similar notes, but they kind of flip intensities on the palate— ripe citrus, ripe peach, sea salt, flowers, stones
High acid, medium weight, 12% alc
— 3 days ago

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Bogle Vineyards

Phantom Clarksburg Chardonnay 2017

Quite a lot more oak on this vintage. The augmented reality story was a good effort but a bit much lol — 7 days ago

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Mischievous Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2018

Color of ruby plus purple. Nose of crayon, aldehyde, some strawberry, oak, some tobacco leaves, a bit spice in the nasal cavity. Nose is plenty. Taste is silky, slight sweet, ripe grapes, a bit zest, vanilla, a bit peppery, oak, almost no tannins, tasty and soft. Aftertaste shows some more oak and warmth. A good one. — 18 days ago

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Jonata Winery

El Alma de Jonata Ballard Canyon Cabernet Franc Blend 2015

Fantastic CF blend! Heady scents of violets and black fruit. Plush plum, blackberry cobbler, dried herbs. Full bodied with refined tannins. Would def buy again. #jonata #cabernetfranc — 8 days ago

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Matchbook Wine Co.

Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Rusty, dusty maroon. Pretty classic color. Smells like wood, spices, licorice and good blackberry jam. Oh and wine. Smells winey. Like a wine cellar smells. Flavors are smooth and less tannic than expected. Tastes like cherry and berry sauce meets a nice fruit licorice from Australia or Holland. Also tomato and tobacco leaves. Balanced and complete. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable Central Valley Cab at a nice price. — 9 days ago

Neil, Tegan and 2 others liked this

Herman Story

Smash City Pinot Noir 2015

This was a monster truck Pinot for sure. Not to be paired lightly with food and not to be mistaken for a Burgundy. This has extraction, alcohol, and tons of flavor. Different but fun. — 2 days ago

Shay, Eric and 13 others liked this

Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Fruit forward at PnP but as it opened it revealed dark chocolate and tobacco notes as well as a faint oakiness w a slightly tannic finish. Really nice. — 2 days ago

Heather Dillaway
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