Three Wine Company

Live Oak Contra Costa County Zinfandel

9.121 ratings
9.14 pro ratings
Contra Costa County, San Francisco Bay, 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
Tom Casagrande

128-yr. old vines. Super-rich, but I wish they had picked a bit earlier. This winery sources great Zin fruit from unique historical sources but they’re always over 15%. I cant help but think the wines would be more interesting and flexible if they picked earlier. In any event, this is quite good and shows very ripe Zin character, but the acids are low and the effect of some bottle age is a flatter mouthfeel. Still very good.

128-yr. old vines. Super-rich, but I wish they had picked a bit earlier. This winery sources great Zin fruit from unique historical sources but they’re always over 15%. I cant help but think the wines would be more interesting and flexible if they picked earlier. In any event, this is quite good and shows very ripe Zin character, but the acids are low and the effect of some bottle age is a flatter mouthfeel. Still very good.

Sep 26th, 2019
Tom Casagrande

A very ripe and hedonistic style of Zin. I used to really like this style but have gotten away from it and more into balance these days. But in its way, this is very good . Ripe rich blackberry fruit. A bit of high-toned smokiness. Rich, dense and mouthfilling, but hides its 15%+ pretty well.

A very ripe and hedonistic style of Zin. I used to really like this style but have gotten away from it and more into balance these days. But in its way, this is very good . Ripe rich blackberry fruit. A bit of high-toned smokiness. Rich, dense and mouthfilling, but hides its 15%+ pretty well.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Chip Hughes

Monumental old-style Zin that remains balanced and fresh, due to massive diurnal temperature shifts in this Contra Costa vineyard. Blackberry, roast plums & bramble...even after six days open. Whoa. #zinfandel #contracosta #threewinecompany

Monumental old-style Zin that remains balanced and fresh, due to massive diurnal temperature shifts in this Contra Costa vineyard. Blackberry, roast plums & bramble...even after six days open. Whoa. #zinfandel #contracosta #threewinecompany

Jun 20th, 2017
Tom Casagrande

The best Contra Costa Zin I've had. Beautiful nose: ripe blackberry/cassis, sandalwood, baking spices. The mouthfeel is remarkable. So plush. But not jammy at all. In fact seems gravity-defying. Perfectly ripe fruit. Transitions seamlessly to a dark, clingy, pure minerality. Beautifully proportioned and balanced. Matt Cline was mastering sand- based wines well before the trendies who seek Sandlands were making their first trip to the sandbox. (My great dog Zinny is in the background.)

The best Contra Costa Zin I've had. Beautiful nose: ripe blackberry/cassis, sandalwood, baking spices. The mouthfeel is remarkable. So plush. But not jammy at all. In fact seems gravity-defying. Perfectly ripe fruit. Transitions seamlessly to a dark, clingy, pure minerality. Beautifully proportioned and balanced. Matt Cline was mastering sand- based wines well before the trendies who seek Sandlands were making their first trip to the sandbox. (My great dog Zinny is in the background.)

Oct 3rd, 2016
Joseph LaPanna

And the day marches on, big blackberry, ripe, powerful and masculine to the core. Long meaty finish.

And the day marches on, big blackberry, ripe, powerful and masculine to the core. Long meaty finish.

Oct 18th, 2013
Scot Ryder

Blackberry, blueberry compote, black cherry, espresso, baking spice and tobacco on the nose. Full bodied zinfandel heavy blend. An absolute banger!

Blackberry, blueberry compote, black cherry, espresso, baking spice and tobacco on the nose. Full bodied zinfandel heavy blend. An absolute banger!

Dec 10th, 2021
Darryl Robinson

Beautiful….. enough said !

Beautiful….. enough said !

Jul 23rd, 2021
Amanda Treviño

Takes awhile to open and has a true old wine 🍷 vine taste. Not good with sweets, but amazing with steak 😍

Takes awhile to open and has a true old wine 🍷 vine taste. Not good with sweets, but amazing with steak 😍

Jul 30th, 2017
Narelle Burke

A gorgeous Nappa Valley Cab Sav with our steaks in Prague!

A gorgeous Nappa Valley Cab Sav with our steaks in Prague!

Jul 5th, 2017
Kirk Irwin

Bright cherry vanilla nose. Leather oak initial, apple berry on the tongue.

Bright cherry vanilla nose. Leather oak initial, apple berry on the tongue.

May 10th, 2017