Sonoma County Zinfandel


Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2013

After a glass poured from Coravin about a year ago, and then kept in bottle, this one has some rather serious longevity, this one was initially all about mint, herb spices, and green pepper with a strong black pepper finish. As this one sat in the glass, much more of a ripe, red fruit emerged. This one is way better with food than without. I'd easily say that this one is a 93 with food, but without food I think that a clove and kind of an herbal note kind of takes over this wine and lowers the rating. I think this wine will integrate further over the next few years, and really is still quite stiff on the finish. — 8 days ago

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Wow. Glad to hear the coravin kept it for that long.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@TheSkip I was actually quite impressed myself. Didn't really know what to think since there are mixed reviews about how long an accessed bottle will keep. Definitely glad it held, and if anything was still fairly restrained

Ridge Vineyards

Buchignani Ranch Zinfandel Blend 2013

Power and elegance woven together- never at odds with one another. The tension of this wine is where it should be- in its fresh and youthful acidity. These 70-year-old head-pruned vines sit in a wonderful site on one of the best eastern slopes in Alexander Valley. The dedicated Carignan bottling is also worth finding. This blend is fairly true to itself with bright brambly fruit and exotic spice character, revealing lots of fresh mint, dill and cedar. Also a bit on the lush side- not exactly an Oak Monster invasion happening here but definitely revealing oak tannins-charred caramel, campfire and vanilla on the finish. There is an undeniable shift happening at Ridge- deliberate or not- towards more ripeness and more voluptuous wines coming from their Sonoma and Napa vineyards. But they remain beautifully crafted and expressive of their place. This is quintessential California- not the stewed blackberry jam doused in vanilla extract. — 9 days ago

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Dashe Cellars

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

The plums are bright but they’re still kind of plummy. Very drinkable though, with just enough earthiness. — 11 days ago

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Dan White

Dan White

These guys are near @kokomo I think they have one of the best QPR’s in the area.
Chris MacLean

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@Dan White I should have added that I’m a big fan of Dashe. I’m no expert on the CA Zin landscape, but when I was following it, Dashe was one of the few producers still keeping alcohol at a reasonable level. They make refreshing wines with good complexity. I love the downtown tasting room experience too.
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Their wines are great.

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Probably WOTN for me. VERY approachable 2013 with some sweet fruit front of raspberry and red cherry. Not a heavier zin by far, and almost tastes like an aged pinot by the palate profile, but the nose is definitely zin. Finishes with a lot of youth. This one has a huge aging potential. I don't think this one will start going until 2022 or so with proper cellaring. Very impressed by this Carlisle Zin. OMG, QUITE hedonistic. — 4 days ago

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Wow! Sounds fantastic.

Under the Wire

Bedrock Vineyard Sparkling Zinfandel Rosé 2013

Clean and incisive, red berry fruit and a slight touch of brioche on the nose. Creamy but somewhat aggressive mousse. I think @Morgan Twain-Peterson and @Chris Cottrell are doing very cool things here and am waiting to see some late disgorgement versions of these! — 12 days ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

Carlisle is one of several winemakers who make wine from this heritage vineyard. Zin yes but in classic field blends from the late 1800’s, this one also includes some Alicante Bouchet, Caignane and Petite Sirah. The results are magnificent. Decanted two hours before dinner and it still opened up over the next couple of hours. My hats are off to Carlisle for making such wonderful wine with such precious resources. A proper Father’s Day celebration! Wow! — 2 days ago

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015

When the house wine is lousy, nice to have a locker room backup! Love this stuff. — 5 days ago

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Battaglini Estate Wines

Old Vines Zinfandel 2005

Deep baked raisiny goodness across a sweet baked goods nose of late harvest fruit. Pleasantly acidic across a complex and lasting palate. Deep bourbon body with astringent finish. Embrace the deep old vine. Keeps getting better. — 6 days ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Montafi Vineyard Zinfandel

Gorgeous evening with great friends so break out some Zin. These wines just never, ever disappoint. Not for the faint at heart, this is a BIG glass of wine. Peppery and with abundant black fruits, at 15.8 abv she’ll sneak up on you. — 11 days ago

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@Kirk Feyereisen Kirk all wines are enhanced when you share them with friends Have a great weekend Cheers 🍷

Rancho San Miguel

Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2014

2014, 750ml bottle. Big and bold full bodied. Excellent nose, dark ruby color, and delicious. This is bigger than the 2012 and 2013. Blind tasted three Zin’s from different wineries before deciding which one would go with our meal.. This was a 5 - 1 winner! Enjoyed with family and friends with four different pizzas from Jerry’s Morningside Pizza. Japes and Zota missed out...maybe next time. — 12 hours ago