Category Archives: Zinfandel

Minassian Young Zinfandel ‘1000 Vines’ 2009

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $24
Concentrated blackberry, pomegranate and dried plum with notes of molasses, bittersweet chocolate, pecans and chalky minerals. Bold without overtly forward fruit, heavy — perhaps massive — but not clumsy, with a laden mouthfeel, a satin texture and lingering finish. His girth entered the room, and a moment later, in followed he. A very good wine. (Reviewed 3/22/14)

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Linne Calodo ‘Problem Child’ 2006

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $60
Concentrated blackberry, roasted plum and black cherry with complimentary notes of forest floor, sage, bay, chalk and a faint wisp of camphor. Shows deep, nearly opaque purple color and long legs in the glass. Full bodied, but somehow not full on the palate, with a velvety, luxe texture and a lingering finish that shows no end. A powerful wine, yet wisely crafted and beautifully integrated showing a near-perfect fruit-savory balance — no fruit bomb, this. For those who count, and apparently this reviewer does, it’s a massive 15.7% alcohol, but still, it shows no heat. This rambunctious tot is all grown up. 77% Zinfandel, 12% Syrah, 11% Mourvedre. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 10/12/11)

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Ravenswood Zinfandel ‘Old Vine’ 2010

LODI | CALIFORNIA | $20
Forward blackberry fruit, full bodied, with accents of roasted plum and cassis, and hints of allspice, almond and bay. It’s all about the fruit, this one is, and it’s there and good, yet also restrained. So, while jammy, it’s a thin spread rather than a heaping spoonful. Focused and enjoyable: A good wine, and a great value. (Reviewed 11/19/13)

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Foxen Zinfandel Lockshaw Vineyards 2007

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $28
Woody spices greet the nose followed by subdued flavors of mature cherry and red plum with complex dry-earth notes of cigar box, tar, sage, clove and allspice. Medium bodied — quite restrained for a Central Coast Zinfandel — with savory qualities forward in the mix. There’s unexpected lightness and fruit balance for a big-alcohol (15.5% ABV) bottling. Nicely textured with a slight tooth. Typically rotund, he’s recently slimmed down, but still he bears the demeanor of his once formidable self. A very good wine. (Reviewed 11/10/12)

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Porter Creek Zinfandel ‘Old Vine’ 2008

SONOMA COUNTY | CALIFORNIA | $34

Forward black cherry with dark berries and pomegranate accented with cedar, bay and allspice, and a wisp of wet clay. Slightly jammy, a touch gamey, but overall well-balanced, with prominent organic notes providing a sturdy cantilever and a lively acidic perk on the finish bringing buoyancy. While many in his class bulk up and prefer to pack a wallop, this bloke opts for a more cerebral path and delivers greater effect; can you hear it, “Ah, Grasshopper…”? A very good wine. (Reviewed 11/10/12)

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Eberle Zinfandel Wine-Bush and Steinbeck Vineyards 2008

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $26

Concentrated black cherry accented by dark berries, currant and mocha with hints of baking spice and cola. Jammy with sweet chalky notes and unctuously laden on the palate, barely masking its massive 15.5% alcohol. A wine of generous proportions — as a man, he would own pendant cones for arms and legs (thank you, Mr. Hammett). A very good wine. (Reviewed 9/29/12)

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Ancient Peaks Zinfandel 2009

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $17

Full bodied with forward blackberry fruit highlighted by a distinct sweet calcium minerality. Notes of licorice, allspice, cedar and smoke add interest. Easy drinking, focused with good balance. Slightly laden mouth feel, loaded with horizontal flavors. He’s a regular guy, and though often underestimated, he excels. A good wine. (Reviewed 5/27/12)

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PromisQous Red NV

CALIFORNIA | $12

Concentrated cherry and raspberry fruit with lingering cassis, prominent chalk and notes of redwood, sage and pepper. Heavily fruit forward and sweet, oddly suggestive of grape lollipop flavors. Full bodied, focused, easy drinking, uncomplicated. But promiscuous? By any spelling, call it obvious: clever, yes — perhaps too clever — yet at the same time, simple itself. Harmless, however, at 12.5% alcohol. Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. A good wine. (Reviewed 6/16/12)

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Buehler Zinfandel 2010

NAPA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $19

Medium bodied blackberry fruit with notes of dark cherry, cola, nutmeg and coriander. Bitter mid-notes and a tart finish. Utterly drinkable, and many will embrace this wine, especially at this price point; however there are better choices. Pervious vintages have shown better, but every once in a while, we’re all capable of a no-show. Buehler? Buehler? A good wine. (Reviewed 4/18/12)

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Ancient Peaks Zinfandel 2007

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $15

Classic Paso Robles Zin delivering chalky calcium minerality and forward dark berry fruit with hints of currant, wood spices, cedar and pepper. Well-balanced with muscle. Lots going on with this wine, but it’s refreshingly accessible. A very good wine and an excellent value. (Reviewed 10/30/10)

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