Sonoma County Zinfandel


"Giuseppe & Luisa" Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2014

Funky for the first 20 minutes. But, then this one turned the corner and hit the throttle. This wine has an incredible nose: violets, spice cake, black fruit, raisins, cinnamon. Entry was full of black pepper, sweet plum, fruitcake, hint of candied bacon. Middle gains a dark chocolate, mocha, baking spice. Finishes dark, black pepper, sweet, still very youthful, full throttle, excellent acidity. I almost opened this a few hundred times but did manage to finally bury it in the collection until I actually sought it out and brought it home. I dare say that this one has a good 7 years left in it. Don't drink this one as a pop and pour. Decant at least 30 minutes and then enjoy it! I think it's in a really good spot right now, but I do believe that 1-2 years of additional bottle age will do this well. — 7 days ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Montafi Vineyard Zinfandel

Very young powerful example of the varietal. Great concentration without being heavy. Beautiful acid line making the blue and black fruits reflect cranberry tones. Killer spice component and firm tannin holds everything together. This winery is batting 1000 with me. — a day ago

Limerick Lane

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2016

Beautiful balance. Not overripe with good line of acidity and and kind of a Stoney tannic grip. Black Cherry, tobacco, and good spice. Good now, but will be interested to check back with this one In a year or two. — 6 days ago


Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

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Monthly WTF wine group meet up. Theme was “bring something good”. All wines (minus the bubbles and SB) were tasted blind.

Crazy young, but fun to see the potential here. Quite spicy, nimble, yet the core of this wine has intense layers. Black peppercorn, rhubarb tart pie and underripe raspberries dominate the nose. Cedar, candied black cherries and blackberry fig on the palate. I called this Sonoma Zinfandel. Thanks,
@Bill Makens .
— 8 days ago

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Mike R

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Love this stuff
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@Mike R : So good!
Bryan Kesting

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@shay: that’s a very good wine with a little age.


Mother Clone Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Needed some time to open up. Initial aromas were heavy oak and vanilla, but with time it transformed to a bit more muted, balanced flavor. Yes, the oak and vanilla and baking spice are present along with cherry, plum, and a nice smokey tobacco but it gives way to more nuanced flavors like medicinal green herbs. I think some age would do it well. — 9 days ago

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Robert Biale Vineyards

Rocky Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel 2010

Nose has blackberry liquor, mellow toasty oak, blueberry mash and light, ripe black cherry.

Palate has over-ripe blackberry, fresh black cherry, charred oak sawdust, dark chocolate powder, light anise and blueberry-black currant juice.

Tannins are mostly non-existent, perfect spot. WS had this pegged at a 2013-2018 drinking window, would have liked to try this a year ago, but we generally don't touch Zinfandel with less than 6-8+ years of bottle age, need mellowing time. Anyone holding this bottle, could do so easily until 2020-21. What a focused, sexy wine...
— 25 days ago

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@Robert Evans Jr From one RB fan to another, this was a nice showing tonight.

Seghesio Family Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2017

You know what you’re going to get with this. Big, chewy, in-your-face. Spicy, briary, with blackberry and pepper. Less elegant than prior years - more of a BBQ wine. But again always enjoyable and a good choice to have on hand. — 20 days ago

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BBQ & zin is a Favorite pairing of mine...along with fried chicken and champagne!

Beekeeper Cellars

Secret Stones Rockpile Zinfandel 2015

Drinking really nicely. Light, elegant mouthfeel for a Zin. Hints of lavender on the nose and palate, with dried boysenberry, plum and cracked black pepper. — 8 days ago

Daylight Wine Co.

Badgerhound Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2016

Nice Zinfandel with strong black cherry and blackberry flavors. Really nice dinner wine. — 6 days ago

Ravenswood Winery

Belloni Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013

Dried cherries and raspberries, with crisp acidity, wood and minerals. This went really well with a few pieces of dark chocolate for dessert. — a year ago