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97 • Lorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley $35.
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of olive, leather, chocolate wafer, and dried cherries with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a long, complex, pickled beet, blueberry, raisin, bacon fat, and floral orange nuanced finish. A deeply flavorful and balanced world-class zinfandel that is sure to delight. Impressive! (tasted on May-15-2013)
94 • Calcareous Vineyards 2011 Zinfandel, Paso Robles $36.
Rich aromas of mocha, peppercorn, and baked apples and cherries with a satiny, fruity, medium-full body and a very long and concentrated finish with notes of apricot, honey, and caramelized nuts. Powerfully delicious. (tasted on Apr-22-2013)
93 • Castle Rock 2011 Zinfandel, Lodi $11. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Bright aromas of raspberry pastry and cherry gelato with a silky fruity medium body and a long tangy orange sherbet and spice cake accented finish. Very tasty and sure to please. (tasted on Apr-25-2013)
93 • Jazz Cellars 2010 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $37.
Aromas of raspberry custard pie, mocha, and spiced nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, zesty spicy apple pie, citrus sorbet, pepper and cocoa accented finish. A vivacious and delicious zinfandel. (tasted on May-06-2013)
93 • Castoro Cellars 2011 Reserve, "Zinfusion", Zinfandel, Paso Robles $23. Cellar Selection. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Rich chocolate roasted nut, raspberry jam, and caramel fudge aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a dense, slightly buttery finish with fine tannins. Richly packed with flavor. (tasted on Apr-22-2013)
93 • Rancho Zabaco 2010 Reserve, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $24.
Deep garnet violet color. Bright raspberry, caramelized nut, and chocolate aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a blueberry gelato accented finish with chewy tannins. A spot on zinfandel. (tasted on May-06-2013)
93 • Chacewater 2010 Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills $17.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Ruby color. Aromas of buttery cashew brittle and spicy blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, creamy vanilla and chocolate nougat bar finish with fine, satiny tannins. Very tasty. (tasted on May-15-2013)
92 • Calcareous Vineyards 2011 "Twisted Sisters", Zinfandel, Paso Robles $20. Best Buy.
Aromas of boysenberries, dried cherries, spice, and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body a long, tangy, blood orange, nectarine, and slate accented finish. Nice bright fruit and a great acidity for the table. (tasted on Apr-22-2013)
92 • Castoro Cellars 2010 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Paso Robles $15. Best Buy. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of raspberry and cherry jams and chocolate nougat bar with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a pure tangy, creamy mocha accented finish. Really pure, tasty and rich. (tasted on Apr-22-2013)
92 • Maryhill 2010 Proprietor's Reserve, Zinfandel, Columbia Valley $29.95.
Dark ruby black color. Rich chocolate, coffee and berry pie aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, baking spice, sassafras, and toffee finish with chewy tannins. A delicious and satisfying sipper. (tasted on May-15-2013)
91 • Viansa 2010 Zinfandel, Sonoma County $35.
Aromas of toffee, clay, dried berries and olive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nutty, grassy earth and apple finish with fine gripping tannins. A very nicely structured table wine; serve with spicy pork loins. (tasted on Apr-29-2013)
91 • Lewis Station NV Zinfandel, American $15.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Bold aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, mocha toffee, and frosted apricot pastry with a supple, very fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy coffee cake finish. Deliciously confected berry and spice flavors abound. (tasted on May-15-2013)
91 • Brazin 2010 (B)old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi $16.99. Best Buy.
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, spiced berry compote, jerky, and mocha with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty sweet citrus, apple, blueberry and nutty oak finish. A really precisely balanced and tasty zin that will be great with gourmet burgers or pork loins. (tasted on Apr-25-2013)
91 • Parker?s Estate 2011 Zinfandel, Sonoma County $19.99.
Aromas of floral honey and wild strawberry pie a la mode with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, tangy cherry and spiced apple finish. A very tasty and table friendly claret style zinfandel. (tasted on Apr-29-2013)
91 • Ledson 2008 "Jolene's Old Vine", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley $28.
Aromas of blackberry, chocolate and spice with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth tobacco, sour cherry, tobacco and pepper finish. Nicely balanced and flavorful with a mature style. (tasted on May-15-2013)
90 • Rancho Zabaco 2010 Sonoma Heritage Vines, Zinfandel, Sonoma County $15. Best Buy.
Rich aromas of chocolate cherry fudge and raspberry jam scream zinfandel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty peppered strawberry and earth finish with chewy tannins. A textbook example of California zinfandel. (tasted on Apr-29-2013)
90 • Maryhill 2010 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley.
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of chocolate nut fudge, coffee bean, and creme brulee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, dark berry and peppery spice accented finish. A remarkably balanced zin, especially at this alcohol level. (tasted on May-15-2013)
90 • Magistrate 2011 Zinfandel, Central Coast $19.99.
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla custard with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nuanced herb and spiced cherry and apple accented finish. Very tasty, balanced and versatile. (tasted on May-15-2013)
88 • Weibel Family 2009 Zinfandel, Mendocino County $16.95.
Aromas of cherry-cranberry pie, molasses, and praline with a soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery spice, golden raisin, melon sorbet accented finish with powdery tannins. A nice table wine. (tasted on May-06-2013)
88 • Heitz 2009 Ink Grade Vineyard, Zinfandel, Napa Valley $25.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of buttery white chocolate fudge, peppery spices, and raspberry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, chocolate covered citrus, and berry finish. Nicely balanced and stylish. (tasted on Apr-25-2013)