2008 Buehler Vineyards Zinfandel (Napa Valley)

Lighter garnet color. The nose shows plum stew, anise and a hint of honeysuckle. On the palate this wine shows a great balance of fruit and acidity. The fruit is classic Napa Zin with plum leading the way but also some raspberry pepper and vanilla. The finish is medium to long and shows a nice mineral edge to add to the complexity. This wine is both fruit forward and elegant. If you are looking for an over the top extracted style this isn’t it. However this Zinfandel is great for its restraint and softness while still showing pure fruit flavors. A good value and a very well made wine.

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2007 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma

Abundant aromas of wild berry and spice. In the mouth the wild berry continues and adds tart cherry, a nutty flavor and a hit of spice and tannin that firm up on the finish. Really stands up to hot and spicy food. Needs a little more time in the bottle.  A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 3% Carignane. The grapes are sourced from nine different vineyards throughout Sonoma County. The Three Valleys in the name refer to the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. The wine is aged in 100% American oak barrels for nine months.

2006 Sinanne Abondante

SineannThe nose has hints of blackberry and coffee. The fruit flavors are forward but refined and consist of cherry, blackberry and plumb. Just a touch of spice at the end of the medium length finish.  More “old world” in character than not. The wine is a mash up of wines made from grapes grown by Lonnie Wright in the Columbia Valley near The Dalles, Oregon. This red blend has an interesting mix of Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent for the price ($23).

2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley

orin_swift_theprisonerAromas of white pepper and black fruit fill the glass.  Flavors of wild blackberry, currant, licorice, and blueberry lead the way in this fruit forward wine. Plenty of spice and lingering tannins on the finish. Well structured and, despite the fact that it clocks in at 15.2% alcohol, it’s easy to drink. The Prisoner is 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache all sourced from the Napa Valley.

2005 St. Francis Red (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Not much nose to speak of after a short time in the decanter. This wine showed aromas of red fruit and pepper. The flavors were a mix of jammy cherry and raspberry with the pepper carrying on through the finish.  Simple but easy to drink and not bad for the money. A interestingblend of 58% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Zinfandel.

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2006 Four Vines Zinfandel Old Vine Cuvée (USA, California)

Medium purple in color. Blackberry, milk chocolate and spice on the nose. Across the palate jammy flavors of blackberry, cherry, and lingering pepper on the finish. Very fruit forward but without the over the top spice found in younger zinfandel cuvees. This wine carries a California AVA designation so, no doubt, the grapes have been sourced from many different vineyards across the state. Old Vine fruit tends to have greater depth and complexity. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels so this adds another layer to the zin_oldvine_enlarge1complexity. Four Vines takes a slightly irreverent approach to wine making that is fun and refreshing.  Overall it’s a great wine for the money ($14) and realitivly easy to find.

2006 Four Vines Zinfandel Maverick (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County)

Dark berry and slight spice nose. The palate is dominated by a cherry cola flavor with anise and dusty blackberry. The finish is a little raisnywith lingering tannins on the finish. Four Vines produces a wide range of Zinfandel wines from various California appellations in this price range and this one would about middle of the pack. Good but not great.four_vines_maverick

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2006 Turley Zinfandel Juvenile (USA, California)

turley_juvi_20061Understated with flavors of plumb, anise seed and blackberry. This wine is smooth but slightly lacking in the depth you would expect from this producer. At $20 it’s the entry level Turley so one would imagine that it’s not on par with some of the other vineyard designated Zins produced. Good QPR. Drink now.

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2007 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Aromas of blackberry and vanilla lead the way. Across the palate it’s a heavy dose of jammy black fruit, spice and cherry. The thing that sets this wine apart is the deft balance of acidity and concentration of the fruit flavors. It all works well together. Deserving of all the attention and hype and easy on the pocketbook as well.80473

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2004 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate (Napa Valley)

Very dark purple color. The nose has an interesting cinnamon overtone to the boysenberry aroma. The flavors are dominated by a very fruit forward and jammy black raspberry note with cedar and black pepper kicking in on the long finish. The tannins linger on the finish as well. An excellent value for the $20 price point.

Published in: on August 30, 2008 at 1:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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