D-Cubed Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2013, Napa Valley
The D-cubed Cellars Napa Valley Zinfandel has complex aromas of ripe cherries, strawberries and hints of cinnamon licorice and wild mushrooms. The med full body and supple tannins allow the flavors of cherries, berries spice and hints of oak to carry through the very long finish.
Mauritson Rockpile Zinfandel 2016, Rockpile Ridge$44.00
The Mauritson family’s Rockpile Ridge Vineyard is located at nearly 1,200-ft. elevation in the Rockpile appellation. This vineyard has sweeping sun exposures from southeast to northwest and consists of nine distinctly different blocks of Zinfandel. The blocks are all harvested at different times and fermented separately to insure the integrity and uniqueness of the individual blocks. Freshly crushed berry fruit is complemented by richer notes of cocoa and sweet oak on the nose of this gorgeous Zinfandel. The entry is voluptuous, instantly coating your palate in velvety tannins. Fresh raspberry and baked blackberry cobbler exemplify the dichotomy of this wine: it is both lively and subtle, graceful and yet powerful. The broad nature of this wine is indicative of 2016’s ideal growing season, allowing for many years of graceful aging. Full- bodied, with balanced acidity, this wine will cellar beautifully for the next 7-9 years. 94 Points – Robert Parker.
Tofanelli Zinfandel 2014, Napa Valley$43.00
Extremely appealing aromatics instantly leap out of the glass with a focus on raspberry filled candy, rose petals and a touch of spice. Garnet colored, this elegant Zinfandel is round and soft on the palate with a purity of red fruit expression. Flavors of bright cherry, hibiscus tea and red candied apple complement subtle notes of cola and toasty oak. Exhibiting a gracious balance between fruit and acidity, this is a wonderful wine to pair with food.
Storrs Rusty Ridge Zinfandel 2015, Santa Clara County, CA$32.00
The Storrs Rusty Ridge Zinfandel 2015 hails from a series of old vine vineyards located on the eastern edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Head-trained and dry-farmed all, these vineyards yield very minimally allowing for intensely flavored fruit that produce wines of amazing concentration and varietal identity. Each vineyard which comes to the blend, adds something… one brambly fruit, the other backbone and spice, the other depth and concentration. Together these vineyards create a wine that will remind all of us why winemakers engage the four-wheel drive, and then hike through the worst poison oak to uncover these gems that have nearly been forgotten to the outside world. Big, Rich & Bold!!! Filled with abundant aromas of raspberry, ripe plum, a touch of spice and violets on the finish. Created from the fruit of old-vine vineyards – this wine will age gracefully for several more years.