Rombauer Zinfandel 2016
A tribute to California wine history, this Zinfandel was sourced from some of the state’s oldest and most revered wine regions, from family-owned vineyards that in some cases date back over 100 years. This classic Rombauer Zinfandel 2016 is dark purple-ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberry and raspberry meld with clove and spice. Lush flavors of blackberry, cherry, licorice and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of pepper in the background. Plush and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish.
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.
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!”
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.