2018 Green & Red Zinfandel Chiles Canyon Vineyards Napa Valley California USA$29.00
A zesty blend from three mountain vineyards at 1000 to 1700 ft overlooking Chiles Canyon. Dark cherry and raspberry flavors with tinges of bay leaf and clove. Accompanies wood grilled vegetables and marbled meats.
Armida Maple Vineyards Zinfandel 2018$52.00
Armida Maple Vineyards Zinfandel 2018 is harvested on 10 separate days throughout a three week span. Varying ripeness in each lot of wine displays different flavors. Combination of American, French, and Eastern European Oak Barrel aging. Medium to full bodied, with structure and texture to match many dishes. Dark black fruits are balanced with savory spices. The seductive finish isn’t cloying and sweet, but rather refined, lush and succulent, and the integrated tannins and great balance of savory and spice will continue to gain in complexity over the next fifteen years.
August Briggs Old Vine Zinfandel 2018$37.00
The August Briggs Old Vine Zinfandel 2018 is a combination of two local historic vineyards and we are excited at the addition of the famed Canard Vineyard for the ‘Old Vines’ bottling. The Canard Vineyard (formerly named Tucker Ranch) is one of the oldest in Calistoga and they source fruit from a mix of vine plantings from the 1920’s and 1870’s! That fruit is added in with the amazing 1906 Luvisi vineyard zinfandel and well… its dynamite in a bottle! The effusive aromas of this wine jump out and grab you letting you know that your mouth is in for a special treat! Dark ruby in color with aromas of raspberry jam, boysenberry, clove and brambleberry. This is what you can call an old style Zinfandel. This is a Zin that will drink tonight but will improve with another 4-7 years of aging. 350 cases produced.
Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2018$32.00
“I am incredibly proud of this wine. I have said it here before but it bears repeating—even though this is one of the least expensive wines we make, in many ways it is the most important. First, it is the one Bedrock wine that trickles out to most markets, so if someone gets introduced to our wines, there is a good chance it is this one. As such, it has to be reflective of the style we place value on. Second, this is the wine that allows us to rehab old vineyards by giving us a place to put the fruit while we upgrade farming, pruning, and soil health; at an average of 80 years of age, these lovely old vines appreciate the attention. Third, we now farm over 50% of the fruit that goes into this bottling, which allows us to make the hard farming decisions (dropping fruit, picking in multiple passes, etc.) to ensure we get the quality we need. Fourth, it is a statewide blend of vines, which means we can flex towards the strengths of a vintage. In 2018 we were able to put extra focus on the great quality in Contra Costa County (27%), Dry Creek (12%), Sonoma Valley (17%), Alexander Valley (11%), and Lodi (10%) to create a delicious, balanced and juicy wine. Fifth, we want this wine to spread the gospel of Zinfandel from California, and as such this sees fruit from great sites such as Evangelho, Bedrock, Nervo Ranch, Teldeschi Ranch, Sodini and Pato Vineyard. The 2018 is a blend of 85% Zinfandel filled out with Mataro, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Petite Sirah and scant amounts of the many other varieties that can be found in California’s older, multifarious vineyards. Drink 2019-2030.” -Morgan Twain-Peterson. Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger.
Bella Grace Old Vine Zinfandel 2017$34.00
Bella Grace’s Old Vine Zinfandel tradition continues with grapes sourced again from the 100+-year-old vineyard at the Crain-Sleeper Ranch. Our 2017 OVZ has a beautiful, rich magenta color with subtle hints of cherry and other red fruit on the nose. Across the palate, the red fruit theme continues with bright cherry, soft oak tannins, and white pepper. Enjoy the long, lush finish with or without a rich chocolate dessert or tangy cheese!
Brown Chaos Theory 2019$44.00
Now in its seventeenth vintage, Brown 2019 Chaos Theory continues to echo their journey through the world of wine, consistently proving that the best is yet to come, there’s always something to look forward to, and no matter how random or chaotic things may seem there is method and meaning to all that we do and experience. Simply put, all’s well that ends well!
Brilliant dark magenta core with ruby rim. Lively nose of ripe Rainier cherries, blackberry compote, winter spice, and heavy cream leads to Asian apple and Meyer lemon followed by dark chocolate, tiramisu, and fresh baked croissants/brioche. Time in the glass brings forth ripe black fruit and dark chocolate underpinning primary notes of graphite, pencil shavings, green pepper, vineyard dust, and anise. Silky mouthfeel, medium-bodied yet markedly vibrant. Over time the integration of its blended components will make this a wine to revisit again and again, each bottle revealing a new dimension as it evolves. 55% Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, 35% Brown Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Monte Rosso Zinfandel 3500 cases made.
Capo Creek Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2019$48.00
I am always impressed by what people did before the wine world. Here's two sisters – Mary and Nadine Roy who owned and operated a radiology business in Illinois and now have been running Capo Creek Ranch for the last 4 years. Mary Roy is the mother of six and previous owner/lead physician of Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging, specializing in MRI and Women's Imaging. Nadine Roy was a co-owner and executive director of that business and has now been certified as a sommelier and works alongside her sister, the winemaker.
This estate old vine zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley is full of juicy fruit flavors dominated by dark cherry, black raspberry & pomegranate. Red licorice and a touch of spice from choice oak barrels balance it nicely and adds a complexity that makes every sip a delight. 350 cases produced.
Gold Medal in the 2021 SF Chronicle National Wine Competition
Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2016$30.00
The name of the Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2016 was bestowed in gratitude for the many gifts of good Karma received in life, whatever the source. When positive energy is put forth in hard work mixed with integrity, the giver is rewarded with success, the fulfillment of a dream. Quite lively and fragrant with ripe blueberry, raspberry and blackberry fruits, tart pomegranate and red Jolly ranchers! Cedar box, brown spices- nutmeg/cinnamon, cherry cola, dark chocolate, a soft whiff of violets, creamy vanilla oak, kick of pepper spice. Very complexly layered weaving of fruit and spice, uber-dense and deep—wow! Rich in mouth, bright berry fruit tang like a wonderful berry cobbler, good structure for aging, a bit chewy in its youth. 235 cases produced.
77% Zinfandel blended with 12% Alicante Bouschet, 8% Petite Sirah 3% Carignane
Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2018$24.00
The Carol Shelton Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel 2017 is a treasure. Grown on the benchlands and slopes of mountainsides — this 60 plus year old vine Zinfandel was named for these wild- looking vines and also for the uninoculated, or “wild,” yeast ferment that was used to create it. Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of graphite, cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness. Smoothly textured in mouth, and the palate is very creamy and round, with a finish that is long with lush jammy fruit. 78% Old Vine Zinfandel, 14% old vine Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah
Chateau Montelena Zinfandel 2017$45.00
Most everyone is familiar with Bottle Shock, a 2008 American comedy-drama film based on the 1976 wine competition termed the “Judgment of Paris” when California wine defeated French wine in a blind tasting. That winery was Chateau Montelena in Napa and the Chateau Montelena Zinfandel 2017 certainly lives up to the accolades of the past. Brambly and dark with compounding waves of dried cherry, cedar, and Chinese five-spice, the wine opens with effusive fruit and, after a few moments, fresh roses. The energetic nature of the palate perfectly reflects the complexity of the growing season as bright acid contrasts black pepper, which yields to plenty of ripe raspberry and cherry candy. This, in turn, transitions to fresh mint and abundant spicy cloves. It’s spice that drives the finish with tension and grace as the fine-grain tannins slowly give way to dark-roasted coffee bean and a hint of lemon zest.
Dashe Cellars “Les Enfants Terrible,” Heart Arrow Ranch, Mendocino 2017$36.00
The Heart Arrow ranch is one of the finest biodynamic farms in Mendocino County—a completely self-contained ecosystem where not only grapes but vegetables, fruit-trees, pigs, cows, lambs, and chickens all make a self-sustaining microcosm without herbicides or pesticides. The combination of these farming techniques and Dashe Cellars winemaking techniques work to make this an unusual Zinfandel, one that is very different in aroma, flavor, and structure than a classic California Zinfandel, and more like a wine from Burgundy or Beaujolais. How is this wine different? First of all, they don’t crush the grapes but instead use whole clusters and uncrushed destemmed grapes to create a “carbonic maceration” style of wine. They ferment the wine with the native yeasts on the grapes; age the wine in a huge 900 gallon French oak barrel; and bottle the wine with low SO2 levels.
It is extremely aromatic – black cherry, pomegranate, earth, violets, clove, and black pepper. The Dashe Cellars Zinfandel 2017 Les Enfants Terribles, Heart Arrow Ranch, Mendocino shows excellent fruit and mineral aromas, and the wine has an absolutely beautiful texture and depth of flavor. Enjoy the flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, black raspberry, chocolate, minerals, and black pepper. Although this wine is beautiful to drink right now, it can improve with age as well, at least 8 years from the vintage date.
David Clinton Zinfandel 2018$34.00
The fifth vintage from the Teldeschi Vineyard, the 2018 David Clinton Ancient Vine Zinfandel adds new dimensions to the style and quality they established with previous vintages of vineyard-designate Zinfandels. Sourced from a vineyard block on the east side of Dry Creek Valley that was planted in the early 1890s, this wine is a bold, complex expression of the characteristics of ripeness and maturity that define the style of wine they strive for at David Clinton: an approachable Zinfandel with rich red/black-fruit flavors, balanced with crisp acidity, and a layered, lingering finish.
The 2018 Ancient Vine vintage from Teldeschi Vineyard showcases the rich fruit and flavor concentration associated with vines of this age and pedigree. Building on the style demonstrated in previous vintages, this wine shows vibrant aromas and rich flavors of raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, and currant, with notes of licorice and tobacco. The finish on this wine is not bashful, filled with spice and black pepper that integrate with and complement the wine’s supple tannins. The wine’s bold flavors and complex, yet balanced structure allows it to pair nicely with a broad range of food styles, including pasta dishes, grilled meats and vegetables, and barbecue.