Sonoma County Zinfandel

Bear Flag Wine

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015

I like this a bunch. Disclaimer it arrived at my doorstep uncalled for but so does a bunch of stuff and I don’t bother reviewing. But I love Zin. And even though of late I find myself in the mood for lighter things this full guy, which is pretty hearty, is up my alley. Maybe I should just go WSET/Court Masters (which almost became Court Manatees via autocorrect) to analyze so let us go: to my eye: clear, medium plus ruby with thick enthusiastic (I’d say) tears. Nose: clean, medium intensity aged plums, blueberries and blackberries and some yum yum raisins. Some vanilla. Developing. In my maw: dry, medium acid and medium tannins, alcohol is possibly more than medium plus (double checked it is 15.3 which is over medium plus technically but fuck the juiciness and acid make it mellow), body is medium plus—a bit plush in a bit totally balanced way for me..flavor intensity is medium plus. Actual flavors are all has so much JAMMY raisins, dried cherries, plums and blackberries, tobacco, vanilla, and a whiff of clove. Finish? Actually allllllmost like really full or maybe actually medium plus or... intense? But I’m not sure if that is just that alcohol level burning. Anyway this is a full slightly rough wine. It has lots of stuff I like but it is not quite balanced but I’d get it for a night of sipping for a good value! I wouldn’t review if I didn’t think it was at least gulpable but also appreciable. Get it for a full wine to fill you up. — 13 days ago

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David L

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I like it
Bill Bender

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Ellen is fun as F
Ellen Clifford

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@Bill Bender well I try but who knows I could be boring in person...but I try for the fun. Mostly I sip everything I can from burgundy glasses but...also I enjoy bottle chugging...

Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Zinfandel 2014

I usually don’t love drinking Zinfandel but Ridge’s Zin is so good! Impressive to see it evolves in glass. — 8 days ago

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Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

Joe Carroll

If Zinfandel was made in Piedmont it would taste like this — 3 days ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013

These have softened just a little after a year in the cellar. Now very fruit forward and peppery with drying tannins. Drinks well with a short decant but these will last (and likely improve) several more years in the cellar — 10 days ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Sodini Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

Damn this is good. The Limerick Lane terroir is in full effect. Between Jake and Steve we have some awesome fruit coming from this stretch. Best Sodini to date. Well done Morgan. — 20 hours ago

Mike, Eric and 11 others liked this
Andy Demaree

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Nice. Thanks for the early look, Brian. I have a ‘12 I’ve been looking at lately. Any idea how that’s drinking?

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Carlo's Ranch Zinfandel 2006

Oh man this is good. Boysenberry, leather up front, Santa Rosa plum, bramble, expansive palate, chalky tannins and spice finish it off. No heat whatsoever. Terrific RRV Zin! — 7 days ago

Shay, Eric and 16 others liked this

T-Vine Cellars

Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

Fruit forward. Jammy. Perfect match for the first snow in New Joisey. — 2 days ago

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Enjoy!🍷 I liked the description you wrote.
Ron R

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Great juice, @Jody Scharf

Ravenswood Winery

Old Hill Single Vineyard Zinfandel 1986

Still alive at 31 years young. Nose has a slight sherry whiff but a taste reveals a soft red berry fruit slipping away, great acid, still some gritty tannin. Gets an extra half a point simply for being accessible still.
Day 2 and it’s improving. I’m stunned.
— 11 days ago

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David L

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I’ve certainly enjoyed
Brian Tuite

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@David L still going strong on day 2, actually improving. Thoroughly impressed.
David L

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@Brian Tuite Wow... never would of guessed.

Dry Creek Vineyard

Heritage Vines Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015

They've been better... I like Zin with pizza, but Dry Creek underwhelms this time.

89 points
— 9 days ago

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St. Francis Winery

Old Vines Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2014

The 2014 St. Francis “Old Vines” Zinfandel has a beautiful nose, showing lush raspberry, black cherry and spice all over the place. The dark palate provides a boatload of black raspberry and blackberry, with a slightly savory spot sneaking its way through the fruit display. It drinks remarkably easy, considering the alcohol number, but has enough tannins for the swordfish, certainly. I could have gone with the filet and been just fine. — 20 days ago

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