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...

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.
— 12 days ago

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David L

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I’ve certainly enjoyed
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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.

The Prisoner Wine Company

Saldo California Zinfandel 2015

An intense nose full of jam and clove. Flavors of cherry, Christmas spice, tea and pepper. Smooth tannins. Big and bold, a bit extracted, this is a full-throttled zin and doesn’t hold back. Needs some time to open up. Picked up on the cheap at Costco. Enjoyable but IMHO you’re better off with Seghesio. Superior wine and a much better value. — 4 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. — 2 days ago

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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

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 — 11 days ago

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Rombauer Vineyards

California Zinfandel

Jammy with a nice spice and vanilla note. A real crowd pleaser. @Rick Zywotko sorry bud but i love me some Cali Zin! — 8 days ago

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Rick Zywotko

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Hahaha....to each their own, my friend! Enjoy!


Turley Estate Zinfandel

Ok....full disclosure...not a big Zin fan, period. Too hot, too much fruit, about as far away from my heart, and terrior palette as you can get. Damn....then Turley makes this one, that's beautiful; not heated up; and in perfect balance of blueberries, blackberries and even some strawberry. Thoroughly enjoyed with a medium fillet, marinated for 2 days in The Colony sauce. There's hope for me and future Zins yet! — 9 days ago

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Shawn R

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Interesting @Rick Zywotko
Kirk Feyereisen

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@Shawn R i can vouch for the Colony Sauce!
Rick Zywotko

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Yep.....you found it and 49.99 / 12 bottles is right.... called Old Colony Sauce.....think there might be some S&H added on too.

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! — 8 days ago

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Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

I'd rate this a little higher than the critics. Not as dark and big as their other wines, but this is very nice. — 17 hours ago

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Red House

Napa Valley Zinfandel 2010

Joe Carroll

This "lazy" yeast wine have really developed into something cool and Amarone like. — 4 days ago

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