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95 • Predator 2010 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi $16. Best Buy.
Aromas of chocolate espresso bean, smoked bacon, and baked berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, seamless raspberry, cherry, mocha, and spice driven finish. Wonderfully flavorful and rich with a great meaty character. (tasted on May-14-2012)
94 • Jazz Cellars 2010 Zinfandel, Teldeschi Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley $44.
Deep purple. Bright cherry butter and floral honeycomb aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity full body and a long juicy, mouthwatering sour cherry, sandalwood incense and tangerine finish. A deliciously pure and vibrant, textbook zin. (tasted on May-14-2012)
94 • Scott Harvey 2009 Old Vine Reserve, Zinfandel, Amador County $32.
Aromas of almond brittle, dried cherries, delicate fresh herbs and earth with a satiny, medium-full body and a long blueberry, mineral, praline, and pepper spice finish. A delicious, exquisitely balanced zin. (tasted on May-07-2012)
94 • Calcareous Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, Paso Robles $34.
Bright cherry, craisin and cocoa aromas are pure zinfandel with a plush texture, rich fruity medium-full body and a resonant, juicy dried berry and pepper finish. A textbook zin that is tasty and rich. (tasted on May-21-2012)
93 • Viansa 2009 Zinfandel, Sonoma County $30.
Aromas and flavors of toffee, honey, and buttery boysenberry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a tangy, warming spiced apple, black cherry, brown spice and earth finish. A delightfully vibrant and mouthwatering zin that twill shine at the table. (tasted on May-27-2012)
93 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 "Redemption", Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $22.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of herbal cherry cough drop, eucalyptus oil, roasted nuts, and faint peppered jerky with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, cedar and dusty earth finish. A big powerful zin. (tasted on May-14-2012)
93 • Sobon 2009 Rocky Top, Zinfandel, Amador County $17. Best Buy.
Aromas of berry compote, chocolate, nougat, and crayon with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, craisin, nut and peppery spice accented finish. A rich mouthwatering table zin that will be great with a wide range of meats. (tasted on May-07-2012)
92 • Scott Harvey 2010 Mountain Selection, Zinfandel, Amador County $20. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Restrained aromas of black berries and olive with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a craisin, chocolate nut,a and mineral finish with chewy tannins. A sturdy, drier, claret-style zin with nice balance for the table. (tasted on May-07-2012)
92 • Rotta Winery 2006 Estate, Giubbini Vineyard, Zinfandel, Paso Robles $27.
Pure aromas of raspberries, tomatoes and pepper with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, mouthwatering citrus finish. A great zin for the table. (tasted on May-21-2012)
92 • Zynthesis 2010 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi $10.99. Best Buy.
Violet color. Aromas of toffee, raspberry pie, and and delicate spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cherry, pepper, apple and earth finish. A nice zippy crowd pleasing zin. (tasted on May-14-2012)
92 • John Robert Eppler 2009 Zinfandel, St. Helena, Napa Valley $28.
Big boozy aromas of brandied cherries, bourbon barrel, nougat, and minty herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hint of eucalyptus and earth on rich warming, chewy tannin finish. Powerful; for fans of high octane zin. (tasted on May-21-2012)
92 • Cedar Mountain 2009 Sblendorio Vineyard, "ZealoUS Girls Two Girl Zin", Zinfandel, San Francisco Bay $28.
Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered graham crackers, red berry pie, buttercream, and peppery spice with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a peppery, juicy toasty praline, craisin and earthy tomato accented finish. A bold, flavorful zin that will delight zinheads. (tasted on May-27-2012)
92 • Ledson 2008 Old Vine, Reserve, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $52.
Ruby with a brick rim. Aromas of chocolate cake with black raspberry frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, savory, baked apple, toffee, and citrus accented finish. Very nice purity and balance; will be great at the table. (tasted on May-14-2012)
91 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2008 "Redemption", Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $25.
Ruby black color. Bright cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and vanilla-honey ice cream aromas and flavors with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering finish a spot on Dry Creek zin. (tasted on May-14-2012)
91 • John Robert Eppler 2009 Cavedale Vineyard, Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley $28.
Dark purple color. Aromas of roasted pistachio brittle and berry creme brulee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart cranberry, citrus marmalade, and peppery spice finish with chewy tannins. A flavorful, forceful and wonderfully structured zin. (tasted on May-27-2012)
91 • Perry Creek 2009 "Altitude: 2401", Fair Play Farms, Zinfandel, El Dorado $25.
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, buttery praline, and blackberry jam with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut brittle and peppery spice finish. A juicy, nicely poised zin. (tasted on May-07-2012)
91 • Delfino 2010 Zinfandel, Umpqua Valley $35.
Pure garnet color. Aromas of nougat, chocolate, baked berry and cedar with a zesty, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a bright cranberry, peppercorn, and grassy herb nuanced finish. A very nicely balanced, lighter-styled, mouthwatering zin for the table. (tasted on May-27-2012)
90 • Sobon 2010 Old Vines, Zinfandel, Amador County $13. Best Buy.
Rich fruity aromas of raspberry pastry, fruit gum, salted chocolate, and spice with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy finish. A yummy, crowd pleasing zin. (tasted on May-07-2012)
90 • Cedar Mountain 2007 Hansen Vineyard, Reserve, Zinfandel, Livermore Valley $28.
Garnet color. Aromas of berry pie and nut brittle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, savory roasted tomato, pepper, and black cherry accented finish. Nice balance in a drier, claret style. (tasted on May-27-2012)
90 • Donovan-Parke 2010 Zinfandel, California $14.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of bubbling berry pie, bacon fat, and praline with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, tangy, smoked nut, craisin, and earth finish. Great balance and table friendly meatiness. (tasted on May-27-2012)