Zinfandel Blend

Sandlands Vineyards

Lodi Zinfandel 2018

A gorgeous bouquet of bright bramble fruit, anise, and flowers. On the palate, I found this to be quite snappy! Brambles again with licorice and minerals. Medium tannins and high-ish acid. A pleasurable finish. This would work very well with a wide range of meals. At 14.4% ABV, this is very modest for a Lodi Zinfandel...and quite possibly the best I’ve ever had from this area known for its bulk rather than its quality. This proves the area’s potential with aplomb. The fruit for this bottling comes from Sandland’s own Kirschenmann Vineyard, located in the Mokelumne River AVA, which was planted 105 years ago. The soil there is mostly silica so the environment is naturally resistant to phylloxera. As a result, the vines are ungrafted and hence, own-rooted. — 2 days ago

Shay, Andrew and 5 others liked this

Peter Franus

Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

25 year anniversary of this wine. I have been a Peter Franus fan for a long time. This zin is medium ruby, black and white pepper, clove, cedar, red cherry, vanilla on the nose--the wood is definitely pushing through, but not overpowering. On the palate, more blue/black fruit emerges, blackberry mainly. Tannins still pretty dry, alcohol high. I think this can rest even longer but it's great now too. Awesome!!!

92+ points
— 11 days ago

David, Eric and 2 others liked this

Dirty & Rowdy

Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2019

Typical Dirty and Rowdy wizardry. Beautiful perfumed floral nose. Red fruit forward, a spice component that I was mesmerized by... not heavy by any means but a light little spritz that just adds to the funky greatness of this bottle. Can they do any wrong? — 11 days ago

Shay, David and 12 others liked this

Pestoni Family

Lake County Field Blend 2017

For National Zinfandel Day, here is a nice one from California.

This is a nice and spicy Zinfandel based blend from Lake County, California. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing red and black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, light oak, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and easy drinking.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Better once it opens up (30 minutes).

I had this vintage before, over a year ago, and it is drinking better now. A little high on alcohol so watch yourself 😉

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 83% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 6 days ago

Dr., Daniel and 15 others liked this

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017

Ripe and ready, pop and pour...I am learning not to think too much about these wines. Absolutely crushable and absolutely desirable. The alcohol, jammy ripeness, and viscosity of the young Carlisle’s just recedes into the background and the balance roars to the foreground. As always a classy, smile-producing dinner companion. Mike Officer is a national treasure! — 12 days ago

Shay, Dawn and 4 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2000

Very much alive and quite pleasurable. Another superbly balanced zin (blend) with black pepper, dark berries, raspberry and some licorice and grilled meat. — 3 days ago

Severn, Aravind and 6 others liked this

Bruce Patch

Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2013

[This is the Alexander Valley Zin]

Nose shows lots of secondary notes, with moist humus, gravel, sandalwood, maple syrup, and ripe blackberry. Intense and surprisingly savory in the mouth, with loads of acidity to boot. Long finish. I wouldn’t age these much longer, but it’s drinking well now. Very nice with a grilled porterhouse.
— 7 days ago

Ron, Daniel and 9 others liked this

Seghesio Family Vineyards

Cortina Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009

2009. Found a shelf of ~10 year old Zinfandel in the cellar and this Cortina is really good. Shows a little light reddish brown on the rim and the body is lighter than expected. Red fruits, spicy herbs, and mild vanilla flavors. — 6 days ago

Ira, Adam and 2 others liked this

Storybook Mountain Vineyards

Antaeus Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

Sorrel, raspberry, syrup, purple magenta, thick blackberry, blueberry, raspberry that balance and some acid and tannin covered by sugar. — a day ago

Linne Calodo

Outsider Zinfandel Blend 2014

At home enjoying this wine. ZN: 78%, Syrah: 15%, Mourvèdre: 7%, nice blend. Not a sweet ZN. — 5 days ago