Cedarman Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2011

Shay A

Forgot to post these from the other day. Mark, Dan and I were able to enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the wine storage facility, and some unique stuff was opened, as always!

Not sure if it was intended, but this Cedarman zin was giving off a LOT of cedar on the nose. Ripe blue and black fruits on the palate, but the finish was spicy rhubarb and herbal. Still a baby. Decant required. Thanks Dan.
— 9 hours ago

Dan FitzgeraldMark Flesher
with Dan and Mark
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Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin

Ha, you think it's cedar-y at 7 years old, you should taste it close to release, tastes like a cedar closet smells, in it's youth. IMO that wine needs 10+ to settle, it's crazy, and one of my favorite Turley bottles.
Jody Scharf

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Turley and Zin. Perfect together
Jason Brater

Jason Brater

Love anything from Howell mountain, but especially the Turley

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Mancini Ranch Zinfandel 2012

I've been blinded a few times on zin lately and they've thrown me off because I'm expecting high alcohol zin versus all this sub 13.5 zin. This is old school, juicy light peppery a lot of red cherried fruit and red florals. 12.9%. It's hard for me to say whether I like the big fat zin or the primitivo-esque style more. Believe these are from his own clones as well. — 9 days ago

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Grgich Hills Estate

Estate Grown Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014

Although its not as bold and flavorful as I would like, nor spicy, it has a very clean soft finish. Lots of velvet blackberry chocolate in the beginning and a nice amount of dryness on the finish. No sweet plumbness AT ALL. As an update, I just opened another bottle and it was fantastic. Still no spice but lots of oak... — 10 days ago

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Barlow Vineyards

Calistoga Unfiltered Zinfandel 2012

The Barlow Zinfandel is a real crowd pleaser, very dark and aromatic. A blackberry and licorice nose gets a savory whiff of smoke and a shot of vanilla on the side. It's had some time in the bottle and it’s getting very smooth and silky as it ages. On the palate, good, dark fruit stands a little on the tart side. The oak influence shows in a touch of spice and vanilla, but it doesn't overwhelm. The acidity is nice, and the tannins are good. This can pair with a pork chop, but it's a great sipper, too. — 8 days ago

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Kuhlman Cellars

Escondido Valley Zinfandel 2013

Poured from Coravin, this wine with medium density was a little bit of a plum and spiced fruitcake heavy zin. Entry was a bit tart. Probably the first Texas Zinfandel therefore I'm not so sure what is "true to the variety" here. Plum, black licorice, spiced fruitcake, tar, sweet tobacco on the front, with a middle that is a bit sweeter and a little less tart, mostly a raspberry pie and cigar box. Finishes with minimal tannin, perhaps a little softer on the palate than I thought. Definitely weighted more to the front. Can't say that I was enamored by this wine, but glad I have a couple more so that I can see how it might change. — 11 days ago

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1000 Stories

Small Batch Bourbon Barrel Aged California Zinfandel 2015

Nice color of purple and ruby. Nose of berries, savory spice, tobacco leaves and oak note. Taste of strawberries jam, tobacco leaves, a bit peppery, more berry note, some cinnamon oaky note, slightly sweet and zesty. After is also zesty, more jam, more oak note, peppery, nice tannins, and a bit vanilla actually. The nose fades away too fast but the taste is enjoyable. Easy to drink. — 11 days ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Saitone Ranch Zinfandel

Hails from a vineyard planted 123 years ago in Russian River AVA. Intoxicating aroma of boysenberry, vanilla and black pepper. Intense dark fruit flavors and the prototypical Carlisle finish. Still going! 300 case production. — 8 days ago

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Juvenile California Zinfandel 2015

Founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. Juvenile is composed of a variety of young vines that have been replanted in several of their old vine sites. Dark red with aromas of lively fruits, floral and spice. On the palate, chery, strawberry and pepper spice flavors. Fine tannins, nice balance with lingering finish ending with a fruit character. — 5 days ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

O Brother! Bedrock Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

Founded in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson in a 550 square-foot, former chicken coop with 8 foot ceilings. After 6 years of being a one-man-show, Morgan asked his best friend, Chris Cottrell to join him. Dark fruit aromas with aromatic spice. On the palate blackberry and plum with licorice and pepper notes, firm tannins on lingering finish ending with smoky mineral tones. Nice! — 3 days ago

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Limerick Lane

Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2013

So this is my first wine from this producer. The nose is jammmmmy but it mellows and is great on the palate. Some pepper notes but the fruit dominates. Near perfect pairing for smoked BBQ ribs on the Big Green Egg. Great end to Sunday funday. Cheers🍷 — 6 days ago

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Jason Oliver

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Nice. I bet that is tasting nice now. That vintage needed some time (we drank all ours too early).
Raul Puga

Raul Puga

@Jason Oliver absolutely and the wine opened up beautifully