Casto Oaks

Port Zinfandel 2015

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of mint, cherries, blueberries, dried figs, raisins, spices, eucalyptus, cloves, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, peppermint, licorice and black pepper.

Full-bodied with high acidity and great legs.

Sweet on the palate with blueberries, sweet cherries, black currants, spices, licorice, oak, mint, earth, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Vintage Port, made out of Zinfandel grapes from California.

Well-balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Feels like a red Zinfandel, but sweet. Good all by itself, as a dessert.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when nice tannins come in to play. I really enjoyed the tannins and the mouthfeel on this port. Very unique.

I paired it with sweet desserts.

Aged for 18 months in neutral American oak barrels.

18% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

— 9 days ago

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Robert Biale Vineyards

Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

This is better than my last bottle which had a lot of funk on it. For some reason I think of pumpkin beer 🎃🍺 when I drink this. Very enjoyable and unique. Perfect for beginning of 🍁. Of course it was 91 here in wine country today. — 5 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. — 3 days ago

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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

Paul, Brendan and 12 others liked this

Louis M. Martini

Monte Rosso Vineyard Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2013

One bottle was off so had to open another one. Solid zin. Louis martini's tasting room is going through a huge renovation. Supposed to open early next year (march). Their 2014 alexander valley obviously became a star, but they have some great wines in their portfolio. — 2 days ago

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Dawn Emory

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@Jason Oliver I love their Alexander Valley...had no idea they had a Zin!..good info...thanks@@
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@Dawn Emory their monto rosso cab is also delicious.

Sbragia Family Vineyards

Gino's Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

Gave it an hour of air and it was really showing a nice balance between the dark, mildly spicy fruit and the herbal flourish on the back end. A touch of warmth in the finish, but certainly not ‘hot’. A nice value zin for ~$20. — 2 days ago

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Jason Oliver

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Great value for sure

Robert Biale Vineyards

Black Chicken Napa Valley Zinfandel 2015

Bright berry and plum. Very nice structure and a bit of oak. Nice amount of acidity. Black Chicken is always a keeper. — 2 days ago

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Nice notes! 🍷

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!!!! — 14 days ago

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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. — 11 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!

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. — 15 days ago

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