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94 • Forchini 2007 Proprietor's Reserve, Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $24.
Garnet. Bright raspberry-pomegranate custard and delicate bacon chocolate aromas with a satiny smooth dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, tangy coconut cream and pepper finish. Delicious. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)
92 • Fiddletown Cellars 2008 "Bent Bow", Zinfandel, Amador County $24.
Deep ruby color. Mild aromas of cocoa dusted berries and buttery nuts with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy berry pie, carrot, and earth finish. A very appealing table zin pair with deep dish pizza. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)
92 • Rotta Winery 2005 Giubbini Vineyard, Zinfandel, Paso Robles $27.
Pure chocolate covered dried raspberry and cherry and bacon fat aromas with a juicy, vibrant fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus, cedar, and watermelon sorbet accented finish. A delicious crowd pleasing zin. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)
89 • Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2007 Zinfandel, Yolo County $16. Best Buy.
Ruby black color. Chocolate mint patty and pomegranate juice aromas with a supple, buoyant fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a dried cherry, honeycomb and dusty earth finish. A nice table wine; pair with mole. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)
88 • Rodney Strong 2008 Estate Vineyards, "Knotty Vines", Zinfandel, Sonoma County$18.50.
Mild sun-dried tomato and cherry butter aromas with a supple, satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth blackberry cobbler a la mode finish. Tasty. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)
88 • Jazz Cellars 2008 Zinfandel, Sonoma County $37.
Vibrant aromas of dried sour cherries, raspberries, and blueberries with a juicy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a crisp tangy, citrus, cocoa, tomato, cedar and pepper kissed finish. A nice jazzy zin. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)
88 • Bonterra 2008 Zinfandel, Mendocino County $15.99. Organically Grown Grapes-Certified Organic-Demeter Certified
Deep ruby garnet color. Spicy berry chutney, peppery cherry-tomato relish, and waxy honeycomb aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, tangy, dusty tannin finish. A very nice, drier, claret style zin that will shine with food; try with pulled pork. (tasted on Oct-18-2010)
86 • Rotta Winery 2006 Heritage, Zinfandel, Paso Robles $18.
Dried cherry and cranberry aromas with a zippy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with raisin, walnut skin, pepper, and cocoa notes. A fun, flavorful zin. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)
86 • R & B Cellars 2008 Bingham Ranch, Zydeco Zinfandel, Napa Valley $28.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby with a brick rim. Smoky stewed berry, cocoa, and graphite aromas with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a raisin stem, nutskin and peppercorn finish. (tasted on Oct-11-2010)