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98 • Tulocay 2010 Zinfandel, Napa Valley $35. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet purple color. Rich aromas and flavors of cherries, raspberries, and pickled tomatoes with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, exotic berry, peppercorn, nut, parsley, and beet finish with robust tannins. A great melange of savory fruit, spice and vegetable notes that will be great at the table. This is old school Napa zin at its finest. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
96 • Ledson 2010 Ancient Vine, Reserve, Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley $88.
Garnet violet color. Dense aromas of spicy, honeyed dried berries, peaches, and pears are unique and very attractive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, chiseled finish with pure, tangy grilled apple, spice, nut, roasted root vegetable, cedar and earth notes. A incredibly impressive zin for savoring on its own or to serve the finest cuts of meat. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
93 • Haraszthy Family Cellars 2010 Zinfandel, Lodi $19.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of smoked bacon, spiced nuts, chocolate, and red berry tart are very unique and impressive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, seared back bacon, craisin, and nut driven finish. Will be amazing with bbq baby back ribs or any grilled meats. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
93 • Ledson 2010 Old Vine, Reserve, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley $52.
Garnet violet color. Rich aromas of chocolate mint, blueberries, and spicy praline with a supple, fruity medium body and a juicy, peppered nut and vanilla cream kissed finish with fine tannins. Very big and tasty. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
93 • Summit Lake 2008 Estate, Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley $30.
Deep garnet color. Brambly aromas of toffee, coconut cookie, lingonberry jam, and herbs with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy sour cherry, craisin, pepper dust, and mineral finish with chewy, food friendly tannins. A nice appetizing zin for sipping or the table with spicy pork dishes. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
92 • Summit Lake 2009 Estate, Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley $30.
Deep garnet color with a fading rim. Minutely oxidized aromas of black raspberry vinaigrette, dried Montmorency cherries, coconut, and bread pudding with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and long, peppery finish with notes of baking spices, sundried tomato, and minerals. A complex zin for the table. Drink up. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
92 • Grgich Hills 2009 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Napa Valley $35.
Garnet color. Aromas of spicy raspberry compote, peppercorn, and chocolate yogurt with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and nice savory, pickling spice twist on the long chewy tannin finish. A very nice claret style zinfandel that will cover a lot of bases. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
90 • Midnight Cellars 2010 Estate, Zinfandel, Paso Robles $32.
Ruby color. Aromas of dried blueberries, raspberries and cherries and candle wax with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a zesty candied lime, raisin, pepper, and blood orange sorbet finish. A big, racy zin that is sure to please zinheads. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
89 • Ledson 2010 Old Vine, Amy's Vineyard, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley $52. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet color. Dense aromas of dried strawberries, blueberries, and cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an interesting bouillon, pickled beets and peppers, mocha, cedar, and earth nuanced finish. Quite a lot going on; nice now but better in a couple of years. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
89 • Powder Keg 2009 Zinfandel, California $14.99. Best Buy.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, bacon bits, and flan with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, raspberry, cocoa, and orange jelly on toast finish. Very tasty and sure to please; a great burger or bbq wine. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
88 • Harlow Ridge 2012 Zinfandel, Lodi $10.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberries and waxy honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, cherry, pomegranate, and mineral accented finish. A nice everyday wine. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)
88 • Clos LaChance 2010 Estate, Zinfandel, Central Coast $15. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Aromas of toasty cedar, toffee, mocha, and dried cherries with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate raspberry, vanilla nut, and earth driven finish. A rock solid zin. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
87 • Green Truck 2009 Zinfandel, Mendocino County $13.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried raspberries and blueberries, pepper, and sour cherries with a tangy medium-to-full body and a firm, chewy tannin and earth driven finish. A solid table zin; pair with spicy flank steaks. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
85 • Masked Rider 2012 "The Fiddler", Zinfandel, California $12.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby violet color. Aromas of craisin, mocha, and nutshells with a supple, tangy medium body and juicy cherry, spice, and cedar accented finish. (tasted on Oct-07-2013)