Sonoma County Zinfandel

Mount Peak Winery

Rattlesnake Zinfandel

Holy Cow. THE PROS ARE NOT ON MY PALATE RATING!!!!!! This is the best of the three. No, its not my third full glass of wine. I have now sampled 1oz of each wine. This is Mount Peak Winery’s 2014 Rattlesnake! This is 100% Zinfandel from Sonoma. From the highest point on Monte Rosso Vineyard, where actual rattle snakes can be seen on the vines, Rattlesnake is my favorite of the three - Sentinel and Gravity being the other two. The bouquet is fig pudding! The initial palate is loaded with dark fruit including blackberry, ripe fig, dark currant, blueberry, and black cherries. Then comes the chocolate and spice!!!!! Love the spice. It is not too much nor too little. The finish is also smoky and dry as any wine I have ever had!!!!! Ill take that glass of water now. I love this Zin!!! Okay... the Gravity is just as good. If you like spice- Rattlesnake is it, but if you like dark fruit as the leading flavor, you will love Gravity! But heck the cab is kick ass too!!!! — 11 days ago

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Alexander Valley Vineyards

Temptation California Zinfandel 2013

Tart cherry on the nose. Tart cherry on the back end but nicely mixed with plum and rhubarb, the tiniest bit of well blended spice - surprisingly. For a California Zin, much more medium body than full; not necessarily bad but again, unexpected. — 10 hours ago

Loxton

Sonoma Hillside Vineyards Zinfandel 2005

Very pleasant surprise! I acquired some of these awhile back in some mixed cases and I wasn’t holding my breath due to the previous owner’s questionable storage. Gently decanted and this showed to be a really pretty, yet lush Zinfandel with some energy still left to spare. — 7 days ago

Mazzocco

Reserve Zinfandel 2015

Very much dug this sweet California Dry Creek Valley baby tho it veers on the side of fruitiness the non-wine-person might describe as sweet. There may be a bit more residual sugar but the fruit is balanced with generous acidity. It’s friggin’ jam with a dash of lemon curd stirred in. Very lovely. — 8 days ago

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@Dan White oh f yah!. You’ve tried? I know you are a cali zin connoisseur. We do need to chat about them sometime!
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@Ellen Clifford indeed! I would love that!

Once & Future Wines

Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

I love this wine! Joel Peterson makes good things. It’s all the baking spices and currants, dried and fresh, you could hope to have. Silky and beautiful. — a month ago

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Limerick Lane

1023 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend 2015

2015 vintage. Mostly zin and syrah with a drop of grenache. Fresh berry fruit. Silky, sophisticated, leather, pepper, acid. All these limerick lanes let the fruit show with the neutral oak aging but this fruit is very balanced with the other factors. Definitely my favorite wine from them year to year. 94+ — 3 days ago

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Mauritson Wines

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

One of the well-balanced Zinfandels. Not super jammy, not too spicy. A Dry Creek Classic. Good pairing for the skirt steak / chimichuri entrees. — 12 hours ago

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Limerick Lane

Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2014

To my palate, this is just at the front end of its drinking window. The fruit is less exuberant than in the ‘12 (which I loved), but in its place is more acidity which adds a nice lift to the raspberry notes. Likely to get better with more time in the cellar, if I can hold off. — 12 days ago

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Benovia

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2001

Takes a while to open up - had it in a decanter for 30 min and it needed more than double that. But once it opened, my lord, was it good. Soft, supple approach, with raisin and molasses, and more of the fruit seeping through in a warm, spicy finish. — 3 days ago

Turley

Whitney Tennessee Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2015

Great wine in the turley line-up. cherry, raspberry, boysenberry thrown in with some pepper and herb. Good acidity. Not big tannins. — 11 days ago

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