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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)
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)
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)
96 • Macauley 2011 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Napa Valley $35.
Purple black color. Aromas of toasty Black Forest cake and toffee with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, creamy mocha, dried berry, pink pepper, and orange blossom honey finish with seamless tannins. A delicious, brilliantly focused and balanced zinfandel. Very impressive. (tasted on Nov-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)
94 • Parmelee-Hill 2011 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley $35.
Garnet color. Bright aromas of raspberries, pencil shavings, spice, and pickled okra with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy dried Montmorency cherry and earth driven finish with chewy tannins. A captivating, mouthwatering and delicious zin that hits all the right notes. (tasted on Jul-31-2013)
94 • R&B Cellars 2012 "Swingsville", Zinfandel, Contra Costa $17. Best Buy.
Opaque violet color. Dense and rather outrageous aromas of mulberry pie and beefy pot roast (with carrots and roasted potatoes!) with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, vanilla pudding, Asian spice, menthol, and chocolate mint nuanced finish. Quite unlike any other zin we've tasted, but somehow this exotica all comes together and is utterly fascinating. Serve with Asian beef and Indian goat dishes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
93 • Midnight 2010 Estate, Zinfandel, Paso Robles.
Bold black raspberries and dried sour cherry aromas and flavors with mineral notes come on in a big way and a hint of sweet vanilla. Big flavors follow with a lightly peppered finish with chewy coating tannins. An excellent example of fruity finesse with high alcohol. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
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)
93 • Zinopolis 2012 Zinfandel, California $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas of Montmorency cherries, boysenberries, and violet candy with a satiny medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering raspberry jam, nut, and peppery spice finish. A robust, balance, sensationally flavorful zin that hits all the right notes. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
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 • 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.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
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)