Beekeeper Cellars

Montecillo Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

Shay A

Young, but all the components are there now (and will heighten). It’s odd to say this “only” has 14%ABV, but it’s so refreshing to have a zin that isn’t pushing 15-17%. Smoked bacon fat, black cherries, lingonberries, ripe blackberries, and peppercorn aromatics. Wonderful acidity! Love zin with a good acidic backbone. Structure is very solid. Tart mixed berry pie, and added herbal spice at the finish. Neither light nor dense...balanced. Not jammy and definitely not flabby.

Excellent Sonoma zin. This is now the second zin I’ve had from this producer and both have been very good. Thank you for this,
@Jack Thompson !
— 7 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : this is a new producer to me. Your notes are great.
Joshua Fisher

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never heard of this ... how cool .! dry creek valley?
Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : I’m very impressed with the zins I’ve had so far. I’ll be looking for more.

@Joshua Fisher : I hadn’t either until a friend introduced me to them. They have a unique story. A couple zins from Sonoma County. All the tops have a different color “wax” that is actually true bees wax.

Lamborn Family Vineyards

Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2002

Well this wine gets a few extra points since it’s my sons birth year and he turned 17 today but after it opened Oh my!!!! What a delicious wine. Full of fruit and well structured — 11 days ago

Carlos Perez-Abreu
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Happy birthday to your son!🎁
Raul Puga

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Thanks @Trixie 👍🏻🍷

1000 Stories

Small Batch Bourbon Barrel Aged California Zinfandel 2015

I’m revisiting this after about a. Year and it does not disappoint. This is the last of my 2015’s. Flavors of Dr. Pepper and dried cherries. It is very fruit forward if that is your thing. It is a very a dark purple on the poor. It went perfectly with the prime New York strip I paired it with. If you see any 2015’s, grab them. Looking forward to checking out the 2016 vintage. — 14 hours ago

Frank Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Zinfandel 2016

This is a very sophisticated Zin. Sophisticated as in raised-on-classical-but-moved-to-big-city-and-got-into-BillieEilish-but-go- waltzing-for-fun way. Shall I be textbook? Let’s.
Eye: medium ruby red thick big ol’ tears
Nose: leaps out! Licorice red/blue/black fruit but mostly like stewed dried cranberries and spice and vanilla bean
Tongue (mine) dry, medium acid, medium plush ripe tannins, high booze level (checking to see if I was correct)ohhhh 14.8! So yeah high abv.
Body is medium plus. Intensity medium plus. It’s all ripe and raisined purple plum, black cherries, blackberries and all of these fruits are dried and ripe plus a handful of blueberries and a slosh of vanilla bean liqueur and some allspice or even...velvet falernum. Finish is medium plus.
This is a Zin I want in my life forevs
— 9 days ago

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Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Ellen Clifford you have a way of writing reviews as if I'm hearing you speak in person. Very talented in a quirky way. An enjoyable read.

Epoch Estate Wines

Paderewski Paso Robles Zinfandel

Great bottle of Zin from a outstanding winery. Great mouth feel with longer finish. Great red berries on the nose and pallet. A little too acidic. But all in all a lovely drinking Zin — 11 days ago

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Silverado Vineyards

Estate Grown Soda Creek Ranch Zinfandel 2013

Decanted for 1 hour. Red color with medium body. Mixed Berry blast on the fore palate. Finish morphed with time, astringent acid early in the bottle, smooth with black pepper spice at the end of the bottle. Conjured memories of our California trip - spent a few hours at Silverado sipping & tasting while we waited on the rental car - a great place to be stranded!! Amazing view! (Grilled steak rubbed with Brazilian seasonings, roasted fresh beet feta salad, sautéed asparagus - on the lanai) — 4 days ago

Tim Strebig
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Storybook Mountain Vineyards

Estate Reserve Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014

This is about as elegant and “French” style a Zin as one can get. Nose has rich but restrained blackberry, a Bordeaux like cedar note, cassis, maple or hickory syrup, and a crushed stone thing. Concentrated but tidily-structured. This has the understated structure and coiled nature to last quite a while. — 10 days ago

Angelo Casagrande
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Angelo Casagrande

Angelo Casagrande

Terrific Zinfandel. Finesse, fruit, a quick step. Not Lodi!

Storybook Mountain Vineyards

Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2013

From 375. Gorgeous nose has lifted spicy blackberry, a note of warm, moist gravel, and wood smoke. Still youthfully structured, but displaying great balance and very pure fruit and a nice, restrained minerally note. The finish is all brambly Zin. — 10 days ago

Angelo Casagrande
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Angelo Casagrande

Angelo Casagrande

What zin should be.

Smockshop Band

Spring Ephemeral Zinfandel Rosé 2013

Not Zinfandel... the 2018 is 14% Grenache.... floral, ebullient nose but nesparetly needing acid, oak, or tannin to balance. Drank at a winemaker dinner in Chicago. — 13 days ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Old Vine Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2017

Medium bodied, red and black bramble fruit, pepper. Great value 😋 — 9 days ago

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