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 Zinfandel 2015, Dry Creek Valley$34.00
The 2013 growing season was near perfect, with slightly more heat than its preceding vintage. The incredible growing conditions, coupled with lower crop, size yielded wines with succinct fruit and incredible focus.
High-toned berry fruit jumps out of the glass of the 2015 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Notes of cinnamon, baking spice and espresso bean add complexity to the hedonistic fruit. The entry is soft and lush, exhibiting flavors of rich oak and blackberry cobbler. The mouthfeel is seamless from start to finish, indicative of the perfectly integrated tannin and acid. Please enjoy this wine for the next 5-7 years.
2015 Pedroncelli Winery Mother Clone Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sonoma USA$21.00
Several years ago, I helped out in the tasting room at Pedroncelli Winery. I always marveled at how beautiful the country side was, even on rainy days, and the care that was shown to the land. Four generations of Pedroncellis have tended the land and grown the business even during prohibition when they continued to produce grapes for home consumption. I also marveled at the fact that they always kept their wines at a reasonable price even though they had a reputation for great wines and could have charged more.
John Pedroncelli, who was instrumental in building Sonoma County’s wine industry was just two years old when his family moved to Geyserville in 1927 and started making wine. Having graduated from UC Davis with a degree in oenology, Pedroncelli went on to produce 66 vintages at the Pedroncelli Winery and continued to consult for the winery up until his death. Pedroncelli pioneered affordable, approachable wines from the Dry Creek Valley and championed Zinfandel, making California’s first Zinfandel rosé.
The Pedroncelli Mother Clone 2015 Zinfandel is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Fragrant aroma of raspberry and red plum with a touch of black pepper and vanilla. Bing cherry and raspberry flavors framed by subtle black pepper spice. Well integrated flavors with round tannins and warm toasty oak in the finish.
Mutt Lynch Portrait of a Mutt 2013$15.00
Mutt Lynch Winery was born in 1995 combining Brenda Lynch’s passion for wine and “all things dog.” The motto for the winery comes from Sark – Apply Dog Logic to Life: Eat Well, Be Loved, Get Petted, Sleep Alot, Dream of a Leash-Free World. Brenda’s first wine was a Zinfandel called Domaine du Bone. The whimisical names and labels continue, but the wine is serious – seriously good! Mutt Lynch Winery is proud to support local and national animal organizations in their tireless efforts to save pets’ lives and continue the efforts of such organizations as Canine Companions for Independence. Always a blend, thus a “mutt! We have always enjoyed the style of Zinfandel red wine modeled after California’s early history – fruit forward wines made by Italian immigrants that used a field mix blend of various grapes from their vineyard, with Zinfandel at the core. Thus was born the Portrait of a Mutt Zinfandel. Portrait of a Mutt is the perfect name for this yummy Wine, as it blends spicy Carignane fruit into jammy Zinfandel. As the label says, “Just because I’m not pedigreed doesn’t mean I’m not a good dog!”