Beran

Napa Valley Zinfandel

8.851 ratings
8.713 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Mark Kremper

Sommelier Etch Restaurant

8.7

Full fruit, black pepper spice. High alcohol but nice balance. Blackberry pie and a ton of vanilla. Cool new wine from The Wagner Family.

Full fruit, black pepper spice. High alcohol but nice balance. Blackberry pie and a ton of vanilla. Cool new wine from The Wagner Family.

2 people found it helpfulDec 9th, 2015
Matt Sterr

A little aggressively priced for the quality present. Would merit a higher score were it half the price.

A little aggressively priced for the quality present. Would merit a higher score were it half the price.

1 person found it helpfulNov 4th, 2015
Randy Fuller

This Zin is inky black, with no light getting through at all. The nose is deep and black - blackberries, blueberries, cassis, tar, leather - it’s rich. But when the sip hits the tongue it’s amazing. That dark fruit gets a nice treatment from the oak and displays wonderful spice notes. There's more than just vanilla at work - cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, the whole rack fell into the cask, it seems. The tannins are just firm enough for pairing with grilled meat. The wine, as if it is showing off, is smooth.

This Zin is inky black, with no light getting through at all. The nose is deep and black - blackberries, blueberries, cassis, tar, leather - it’s rich. But when the sip hits the tongue it’s amazing. That dark fruit gets a nice treatment from the oak and displays wonderful spice notes. There's more than just vanilla at work - cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, the whole rack fell into the cask, it seems. The tannins are just firm enough for pairing with grilled meat. The wine, as if it is showing off, is smooth.

Jun 17th, 2017
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.0

Lovely balance and fruit

Lovely balance and fruit

Jun 7th, 2017
Colin Yates

Wine Buyer Macadoodles Fine Wine & Spirits

8.3

The end of a copper cane tasting.... Reminiscent of a cake tasting before my wedding. I feel like I might get cavities. Some were a bit better this release and some were even worse than the previous vintage.

The end of a copper cane tasting.... Reminiscent of a cake tasting before my wedding. I feel like I might get cavities. Some were a bit better this release and some were even worse than the previous vintage.

Mar 16th, 2016
Perry Riddle

More varietally correct than the Sonoma. Still a monster.

More varietally correct than the Sonoma. Still a monster.

Jan 20th, 2016
Marcus L

Rich and extracted. Has some spice. Very approachable. Add favorite adverb now.

Rich and extracted. Has some spice. Very approachable. Add favorite adverb now.

Sep 30th, 2015
Gary Hill

Sweet, insipid. What were they thinking over there. This is nothing like a Zin! This is a over designed wine for the "American palette"

Sweet, insipid. What were they thinking over there. This is nothing like a Zin! This is a over designed wine for the "American palette"

Sep 17th, 2015
Patrick Fishman

Very yummy!!!

Very yummy!!!

Feb 18th, 2018
Theress Bricker

This is a high alcohol wine at 15.4% smooth on the pallet loaded with berries hints of sweet pipe tobacco and dark chocolate with some black pepper spice and cedar.

This is a high alcohol wine at 15.4% smooth on the pallet loaded with berries hints of sweet pipe tobacco and dark chocolate with some black pepper spice and cedar.

Jan 27th, 2018