Sonoma County Zinfandel

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Sonoma County Zinfandel 2016

Drinkable Zin. Fruit is ripe, but remains fresh. It’s bramble and blood, just a touch of herbs. Finishes with mouthwatering acidity. Drink up! — a day ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

Old bones make damned good soup. Was listening to the I’ll Drink to That podcast today on my commute home. Monte Rosso is in Joel Peterson’s list of top old vine vineyards so I had to pop one. — 9 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2016

This is the family friend you’ve been attached to all your life but recently realized is not in fact the wisest person you know. As in, you trust them. Some advice is stellar but you just realized that “I’ll love you forever” doesn’t make them the authority on...all. Though Ridge is close to being that. Bright red berries and tannins at least as high as fruit so new world to the core. Alcohol higher—this is obvi new world but the blending varieties make one remember how multiverse Zin is. The grape for all theories string or no. — a day ago

Jason, Eric and 20 others liked this
MaJ CappS

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This is always on my shelf. Always a lovely, lovely wine, with 0 disappointments.
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@MaJ CappS so far haven’t had a Ridge disappoint!


Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2010

Shay A

BBQ & Zin night!

The most decadent of the zins tonight. It was high octane without being overboard. It was full bodied without being flabby. Ripe black and blue fruits in the nose with sandalwood and a baked cherry pie & toasted oak finish. Light on the pepper/spice. Drinking great now with plenty of life ahead.
— 18 days ago

Dan FitzgeraldClare GilletteWeston Eidson
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Anna, Eric and 28 others liked this
Benjamin Keator

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Who brought this one? It’s an amazing wine. I still have a couple of 1999’s left and they are drinking very well
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@Hugh O'Riordan : It was fantastic. You will love it.
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@Benjamin Keator : This was one of Randy’s bottles.


Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015

First Benovia for me. Riper style zin, with some black pepper on the mid-palate, and showing a little alcoholic warmth in the finish. The label says 15.2% ABV, but I suspect it might be a little higher. Good, but it’s not going to join my regular rotation. — 11 days ago

Mark, David and 3 others liked this

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Sonoma Zinfandel 1979

A little over the hill but still pretty, cork was soaked, with heavy sediment in the bottle, not much fruit left but plenty of spice — 14 days ago

Ira, Maciej and 1 other liked this

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Piner-Olivet Ranches Zinfandel 2016

Shay A

BBQ & Zin night!

Intoxicating bouquet. Boysenberry, clove, baked mixed berry pie and roasted plum. Small hint of oak but it’s not dominant. Love the aromatics here. It’s powerful without being heavy. The palate shows ripe red, blue and black fruit with sandalwood and a gumminess...I know that’s odd, but the notes aren’t heavy enough to be purely fruit driven. Blackberry jam for just a touch at the finish and then it softens before becoming an overly jammy wine. Power and finesse here. Wonderful.
— 18 days ago

Mark FlesherDan FitzgeraldWeston Eidson
with Mark, Dan and 1 other
Dawn, Kirk and 23 others liked this
JJ Lumia

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This has become one of my favorite vineyards. I sat out recent offering and am already regretting it
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@JJ Lumia @Kirk F : This will hope for a while but is drinking wonderfully now! Went with TX BBQ tonight...match made in heaven!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Nice wine. Full bodied. Nose of rhubarb, plum and fig. Entry is full bodied and silly which continued from start to finish. Getting an herbal nutty character and sweeter dark fruity side. If you have a few of these, I don't think you could argue with drinking this now. I do see a small bit of aging potential here though.

Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2015

The East Bench Zinfandel is always a step up from the Three Valleys but without the age-ability or complexity of the Lytton Springs or Geyserville. This one is just at the front end of its drinking window and will likely show more in six months or so. — 5 days ago

Shay, Mike and 7 others liked this

A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

This is in such a killer place right now. In my mind, this bottle proves what Zinfandel is capable of. I detect a small touch of Brett but only just. Anyway, it works whether intended or not. This example is not your jammy-style of Zinfandel. — 10 days ago

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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2010

To celebrate my 2000th post on Instagram here is a nicely aged Zinfandel from Sonoma.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Very soft nose of blueberries, sweet strawberries, cherries, vanilla, oak, vinaigrette, spices, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, black plums, red currants, wood, sweet raspberries, earth, light vegetables, leather, pencil lead, orange peel, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with very soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Is a very nice Zinfandel from Sonoma County. Showing nice complexity with an elegant mouthfeel.

This 9 year old is drinking completely differently than the three-year-old that I had not too long ago.
More red fruits than black fruits, with some earth notes, vinaigrette and vegetables which were not there when fresh.

Not as tasty until fully open (90 minutes), so be patient and you will not regret it.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with T-bone steak and baked potatoes.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— a month ago

Severn, Shay and 20 others liked this
Anthony De Blasi

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Congratulations, keep up the good work!

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