Michael David Winery (Michael & David Phillips)

Freakshow Lodi Zinfandel 2017

Color of ruby with purple shades, quite clear. Nose of chocolate, tobacco leaves, leather, dried strawberry, strength of alcohol, and blackberry. Nose is quite powerful. Taste is dominated by concentrated dried strawberry, ripe juicy grapes, some brown sugar, hint of flowering note, spice, a bit peppery, and a bit zest. Zest shows up more in the aftertaste. Low tannins but full of flavors. — 3 days ago

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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel 2015

Fantastic. Rich and velvety with cracked black pepper, blackberry and tobacco flavors. Smooth and supple tannins. Worth the premium over the Sonoma County? No. But I stole this and got a couple bottles for the same price so it was an easy decision. — 3 days ago

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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2017

Restrained on the fruit and oak made this a nice sipping wine, but still big enough to compliment the grilled ny strips. Yum. — a day ago

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BACA Wines

Double Dutch Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel 2018

Head trained, dry farmed 100 YO vines. Big and savory with raspberry and spice. Partly fermented in concrete. — 4 days ago

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Oakville Winery

Oakville Zinfandel 2017

For my 200th Zinfandel review on vivino, here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, leather, licorice, vanilla, espresso, cola, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, alcohol, black pepper and spices.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, maple, chocolates, coke, coffee, spices, vanilla, cedar, licorice, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Zinfandel from Napa Valley. Strong and fruit forward, without being too jammy. Feels like a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

Well balanced with nice complexity. Big, yet elegant. Showing a great mouthfeel with a spicy finish.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food, and will very nicely with a nice burger.

I'd love to revisit it in 3 years. A good quality wine.

100% Zinfandel grapes were aged in oak barrels for 12 months (45% new American Oak ).

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 14 days ago

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ES Faiello

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$25 for oakville fruit?! Wish I could find some... Cheers & congrats

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Great price @ES Faiello right? 😃

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@ES Faiello you can get that directly from their website

August Briggs

Old Vines Calistoga Zinfandel 2014

Well-executed example of the more modern, super-ripe, plush Zin style. Not a style I am crazy about in general, but this one is not over-the-top. Nose has juicy blackberry, a bit of maple syrup, and some sandestony gravel. Plush and deeply fruity, but within bounds, keeping some balance throughout the long finish. Not super complex, but very nice. — 9 days ago

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Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

A very enjoyable Zin. This wine finds a nice balance between the common “too sweet” and “too dry” extremes which dominate this price range. Fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry (without the tart) allow for a smooth feel. There is a nice mild to medium pepper spice that lingers on the tongue long after. There is also a bit of cedar, but I would hardly call this an oaky wine. Overall I find it very approachable by not hitting any of the extremes. Based on the growing conditions I did expect a bit more spice flavorings, but the long finish almost makes up for it. I think the price point is a bit high but I will be buying again. — 2 days ago

Robert Biale Vineyards

Stagecoach Vineyard The Biale Block Zinfandel 2010

Nose has new oak aged blueberry/blackberry juice, blueberry seed, plum skin, mashed over-ripe plum, dark chocolate powder, ripe black cherry and charred red pepper.

Palate has ripe blackberry, ripe black currant, semi-dried plum, dried blueberry, sweetened dried cranberry, blueberry juice, cedar shavings, roasted plum tomato and mild green pepper on the very long finish.

This bottle is in a great spot tonight, but ideally would benefit from another 6-10 years of rest. A fantastic pairing with our slow cooked pulled pork. Sourced from a local to us Columbia Co NY farmer, a Boston Butt with a smoked cayenne rub, well smoked ham hocks and my homemade barbeque sauce, an exceptional match!

Listening to Mike Doughty over a muted Superbowl broadcast tonight, I'm winning my office pool, so everything is turning up roses. 🤓
— 14 days ago

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Robert Evans Jr

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@Ellen Clifford Biale makes about 6-8 Single Vyd Zins, they age very well. Monte Rosso, RW Moore.
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@Ellen Clifford IMHO quality Zin needs 8+ to really soften and start revealing its true self, if you can get them at 14-20 years they are stunning.
@Robert Evans Jr Agreed, Biale MR is my total favorite, still holding a few early/mid 2000's bottles.
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@Robert Evans Jr @Severn Goodwin thanks for the intel! And yes, I agree a well aged Zinfandel is a thing of beauty...Every year I buy a bottle or so of A Rafanelli felling myself I’ll hold onto at least one and I always end up drinking them 😬

Albini Family Vineyards

Unfiltered Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2001

Came out of the bottle hot, hot, hot. I think it’s prime time to drink this if you’ve got it.

I recently heard that Don is selling off the vineyard - such a bummer! Wishing him and his family the best.
— 6 days ago

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Renwood Winery

Fiddletown Zinfandel 2016

Complex Red. Cherries, chocolate and cola. Touch of mint and baking spices. There is a “meaty” quality to this wine. Lots of acidity and firm tannins. Full but very approachable. — 14 days ago

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