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New Releases from Wonderment Wines

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Stephanie recently sent me her new releases to review.

2015 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dutton-Campbell Vineyard – Light crimson in color. 14.2% ABV. Spellbinding nose of red fruits, forest floor and baking spices. Medium body with ample acidity. Restrained and earthy. Bing cherries, cranberries and earth on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. The wine picks up weight with time in the glass. Well made Pinot Noir. Drink over the next 4-6 years. $44 at the winery and retail. My rating: 93 points.

2015 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dr. Stan’s Vineyard –  Ruby red in color. 14.1% ABV. Great nose of red fruits, pine needle and baking spices. Medium body with medium acidity. Fresh and lighter in style. Cranberries, strawberries and pomegranate on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Delicious Pinot Noir that will be best over the next 2-4 years.  $65 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.

2015 Wonderment Wines Petite Sirah Bacigalupi Vineyard – Opaque purple in color. 14.1% ABV. Huge nose of black fruits, cassis and flowers. Full bodied with loads of acidity. Powerful and immensely concentrated. Blackberries, graphite and pepper on the palate. The finish is long with chalky tannins. A monster of a wine. Drink over the next 5-7 years. $48 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

2015 Wonderment Wines Sauvignon Blanc Las Trancas Vineyard – Straw colored and 14% ABV. Nice nose of lemons, tropical fruits, grass and wet stones. Medium body with medium acidity. Crisp and fresh. Green apples, lemons and peach on the palate. The finish is long and tangy. Drink over the next several years. $30 at the winery and retail. My rating: 89 points.

2016 Wonderment Wines Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyard – Light straw in color. 14.4% ABV. Delightful nose of stone fruits, lemongrass and minerals. Medium body with bright acidity. Rich and somewhat oily. Pineapple, lemon oil and pears on the palate. The finish lingers. Super Sauvignon Blanc. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $34 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.

I look forward to trying these wines every year and that is clearly reflected in the tasting notes above. Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

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New Release Zins from Wonderment Wines

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Stephanie recently sent me her new Zins to review.

2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard – Ruby red in color. 14.9% ABV. Reticent nose of red fruits, citrus and flowers. Medium body with medium acidity. Light and elegant in style. Cherries, salmonberries and blood orange on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Pretty Zinfandel. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $35 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.

2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Dark crimson in color. 15.1% ABV. Sublime nose of brambly red fruits, plums and white pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Big, plush and spicy. Raspberry liqueur, cherry compote, brown sugar and pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. Super Zinfandel from a tremendous vineyard. Best over the next 3-5 years. $44 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.

2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard – Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Scrumptious nose of black fruits, pepper and a hint of peach. Medium to full bodied with medium acidity. Lush yet elegant. Black cherry, black raspberry and pepper on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Drink over the next 2-4 years. $55 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

What a well made set of wines although the Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel was definitely the showstopper! Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

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New Releases from Wonderment Wines

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Stephanie recently sent me her new releases to review.

2014 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dutton-Campbell Vineyard – Light red in color. Almost translucent. 14.1% ABV. Seductive nose of red fruits, flowers and baking spices. Light body with medium acidity. Delicate and ethereal. Cherries, cranberries, cloves and spice on the palate. Very feminine in style. The finish lingers. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $40 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.

2014 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dr. Stan’s Vineyard – Very light red in color. 14.4% ABV. Red fruits, cherry cola and earth on the nose. Light body with medium acidity. Somewhat Burgundian in style. Bing cherries, pomegranate, soil and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Drink over the next 3-4 years. $50 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.

2014 Wonderment Wines Petite Sirah Bacigalupi Vineyard – Violet almost inky in color. 14.1% ABV. Powerful nose of blue fruits, tar and iron. Medium to full bodied with medium acidity. Glass staining. Concentrated, dense and powerful. Blueberries, cocoa powder and charcoal on the palate. Substantial tannins on a very long finish. $45 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.

2014 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Blood red in color. 14.5% ABV. Show stopping nose of sweet red fruits, spiced plums and white pepper. Plush and rich with medium acidity. Raspberry, blackberry, plums and pepper on the palate. Slight tannins on a long finish. Give this wine 3-5 years in the cellar. Super Zinfandel from one of my favorite vineyards. $40 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

2014 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Zinfandel – Bright crimson in color. 15.9% ABV. Super nose of sweet, jammy red fruits, licorice and pepper. Medium body with juicy acidity. Nicely balanced. Raspberry compote, cocoa powder, cherry liqueur and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. Outstanding Zinfandel. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $35 at the winery and retail. My rating: 93 points.

A nice set of wines with the Zins stealing the show. Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

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Zinfandel of the Month – 2014 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The November Zinfandel of the Month is the 2014 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard.

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

The Pritchett Peaks are the mountains that form the eastern border of Lake Sonoma. This vineyard is situated in the Rockpile AVA of Sonoma County.

Crimson in color. 15.3% ABV. Pretty nose of brambly black fruits, pepper and baking spices. Big and full bodied with medium acidity. Blackberries, cherries, peach and citrus on the palate. Really unique flavor profile. The finish is long and sweet. Delicious Zinfandel that will benefit with time in the cellar. Drink over the next 4-6 years. $50 at the winery and retail.

My rating: 93 points.

Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

I blogged about Wonderment Wines previously in New Releases from Wonderment Wines and Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2015.

Review based on a sample provided by the winery.

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Zinfandel of the Month – 2013 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The November Zinfandel of the Month is the 2013 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard.

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Burton Ranch is situated in the recently approved Kelsey Bench-Lake County AVA and the vines date back to the late 1880’s.

The wine is crimson in color and checks in at 14.5% ABV. Black fruits, spiced plums and pepper on the nose. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. The fruit here is elegant and understated. Blackberry, raspberry, cocoa powder and black pepper on the palate. Super finish. Claret style Zinfandel at it’s finest. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

I blogged about Wonderment Wines previously in New Releases from Wonderment Wines and Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2014.

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New Releases from Wonderment Wines

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Stephanie recently sent me her new releases to review.

2013 Wonderment Wines Petite Sirah Bacigalupi Vineyard – Pitch red in color. 14.5% ABV. Black fruits, asphalt, flowers and espresso on the nose. Immense, concentrated and powerful. Black cherry, blackberry and iron on the palate. Big, gritty tannins on an exceptionally long finish. Enjoy this wine now with a healthy decant or tuck it away in the cellar for 6-8 years. $45 at the winery. My rating: 91 points.

2013 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dutton-Campbell Vineyard – Light red in color. 14.1% ABV. Super nose of cranberry, baking spices and earth. Light body with strong acidity. Ethereal and delicate. Strawberry, rhubarb, pomegranate and mineral on the palate. Light in style but the wine picks up weight with time in the glass. Drink over the next 2-4 years. $40 at the winery. My rating: 93 points.

2013 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dr. Stan’s Vineyard – Light red in color. 14.1% ABV. Red fruits, earth and dried flowers on the nose. Medium body with perfect acidity. Cherry, cranberry, mushrooms and cola on the palate. The wine finishes really strong. Super Carneros Pinot Noir. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $50 at the winery. My rating: 91 points.

2013 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Violet in color. 15% ABV. Super nose of red fruits and white pepper. Rich and juicy with mouth watering acidity. Perfect balance. Raspberry, boysenberry and a hint of citrus on the palate. This wine will only improve with a few years in the cellar. Exceptional Russian River Valley Zinfandel from an amazing vineyard. $40 at the winery. My rating: 92 points.

2013 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard – Violet in color. 15% ABV. Black fruits, cocoa powder and spice on the nose. Big and rich with classic texture. Black cherry, blackberry, plums and pepper on the palate. Awesome Claret style Zinfandel. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $50 at the winery. My rating: 92 points.

Definitely a great set of wines. Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

I blogged about Wonderment Wines previously in Zinfandel of the Month – 2012 Wonderment Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard and Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2014.

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New Releases from Wonderment Wines

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Stephanie recently sent me her new releases to review.

  • 2012 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Campbell’s Vineyard – Magenta in color. 15.3% ABV. Red fruits, baking spice and citrus fruit on the nose. Medium body with nice mouthfeel and medium acidity. Cranberries, pomegranate, cloves and nutmeg on the palate. Promising finish. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $40 at the winery. My rating: 92 points.
  • 2012 Wonderment Wines Petite Sirah Bacigalupi Vineyard – Opaque purple in color. 13.9% ABV. Blue fruits, cocoa, wet pavement and a floral element on the nose. Big and brawny. Gritty on the palate with mouth coating tannins. Flavors of blueberries, iron and black cherries. Tons of potential here. Give this a few years in the cellar. $45 at the winery. My rating: 91 points.
  • 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard – From century old vines in Lake County. Purple in color. 16.1% ABV. Brambly red fruits, pepper and a hint of peach on the nose. Lush and decadent. Rich flavors of raspberry, black licorice and white pepper on the palate. Seamless and delicious with a great finish. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $35 at the winery. My rating: 93 points.
  • 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Rockpile – Maroon in color. 15.5% ABV. Black fruits, plums and pepper on the nose. Medium body with strong acidity. Black cherries, blackberries and spicy black pepper on the palate. Long finish. Claret style Zinfandel at its finest. Drink over the next 4-6 years. $50 at the winery. My rating: 92 points.
  • 2012 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dr. Stan’s Vineyard – Light red in color. 13.5% ABV. Red fruits, cola and spearmint on the nose. Light in body with medium acidity. Cherries, earth, forest floor and cranberries on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Somewhat Burgundian. This wine needs a few years in the cellar. $50 at the winery. My rating: 90 points.

These are some of the most exciting samples I have received this year. Consider signing up for the mailing list. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

I blogged about Wonderment Wines previously in Zinfandel of the Month – 2012 Wonderment Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard.

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Zinfandel of the Month – 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The December Zinfandel of the Month is the 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard.

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Bacigalupi Vineyard is situated on Westside Road, a few miles south of the town of Healdsburg. The Zinfandel vines date back to the 1950’s.

Deep purple in color. 15.9% ABV. Red fruits, pepper and lavender on the nose. Full bodied and rich with nice structure and complexity. Raspberry compote, black cherries, strawberries and pepper on the palate. Supple tannins on a satisfying finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

$40 at the winery. This was my first chance to try a wine from Wonderment. The focus on exceptional vineyards is admirable. Lots to like here and certainly a winery to keep an eye on.

This review was based on a sample provided by the winery.

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Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2017

It is the time of the year where every wine blogger publishes their lists of Wines of the Year or Values of the Year, etc. Although I try to blog about all the wines I taste it is clear that Zinfandel is definitely my grape of choice. With that in mind here are my top 10 Zinfandels of 2017 and my rating for each.

The link for each wine will take you to the detailed Bottle Note on Zinfandel Chronicles. All of the older wines were stored in my cellar since release. Wines 3-10 all received 94 points and are not listed in any particular order. This is the 4th version of my Top 10 Zinfandel list.

  1. 2009 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard – 96 points.
  2. 2015 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – 95 points.
  3. 2013 Matthiasson Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard – 94 points.
  4. 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch – 94 points.
  5. 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Belle du Jour Vineyard – 94 points.
  6. 2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Saitone Ranch – 94 points.
  7. 2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – 94 points.
  8. 2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch – 94 points.
  9. 2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – 94 points
  10. 2009 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 94 points.

A few observations after compiling the list:

  • Matthiasson, Ravenswood and Bucklin all cracked the list for the first time going back to 2014.
  • Carlisle, Williams Selyem and Turley are the only wineries represented in each list since 2014.
  • 2013 looks to be shaping up as an exceptional year for Zinfandel.
  • 2011 might be better than many critics thought.
  • Montafi Ranch (Belle du Jour Vineyard) is my second favorite old vine Zinfandel Vineyard behind Papera Ranch.
  • Old Hill Ranch Vineyard might be my third favorite vineyard behind Papera and Montafi

Last year’s list can be found here.

What was the best Zinfandel you opened this year?

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The Week in Zinfandel (11/13/17)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers!

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