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2006 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.

Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Jeff Mangahas to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise. Other varieties bottled at Williams Selyem include Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc.

Forchini Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley and dates back to the early 1900’s.

Magenta in color. 15% ABV. Brambly red fruits, black licorice and pepper on the nose. Great balance with medium body and medium acidity. Super juicy. Raspberry liqueur, strawberry compote and white pepper on the palate. Elegant, claret style Zinfandel that  belies the ABV on the label. Nicely done. Ready to drink.

My rating: 91 points.

Williams Selyem is no longer making a Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel. Current offerings from Williams Selyem include Zins from Papera Vineyard and Bacigalupi Vineyard.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2006 Turley Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards.

Dragon Vineyard is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Planted at 2400 feet at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain, the vineyard sits well above the fog line and faces east.

Magenta in color. 16% ABV. Ripe red fruits, warm cherry pie, pepper and lavender on the nose. Medium body with just enough acidity. Black pepper, raspberry and blackberry on the palate. More restrained than I expected. I think the fruit is starting to fade ever so slightly. Elegant and light on the finish. Certainly ready to drink.

My rating: 90 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail.

With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is arguably the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards sources throughout the state of California and no detail spared in the winemaking process. The wines are simply better than ever.

Turley has tasting rooms in both Amador and Paso Robles. If you are not on the mailing list, this is an easy way to secure bottles. Both are not to be missed if you are in the area.

Turley has appeared in The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings for the last 3 years.

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2006 Turley Zinfandel Mead Ranch Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards.

Mead Ranch is located in the Atlas Peak Appellation of the Napa Valley. The vineyards at Mead Ranch have been in continuous production since 1916, when the three Mead Brothers, Giles, Charles and Albert, bought the ranch. Souverain produced a “Mountain Zinfandel” from Mead ranch as early as the 60s, Rutherford Hill Produced “Mead Ranch–Atlas Peak” Zinfandel and Zinfandel Port in the 70’s.

Light crimson in color. 16.5% ABV. Brambly red fruits, cracked pepper and wet stones on the nose. Medium body with nice acidity. Well balanced with just a touch of heat on the back of the palate. Surprisingly restrained and elegant with flavors of raspberry, cherry, iodine and pepper. Resolved tannins on a long finish. Ready to drink.

My rating: 90 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail.

With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is arguably the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards sources throughout the state of California and no detail spared in the winemaking process. The wines are simply better than ever.

Turley has tasting rooms in both Amador and Paso Robles. If you are not on the mailing list, this is an easy way to secure bottles. Both are not to be missed if you are in the area.

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2006 Turley Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards.

Rattlesnake Ridge is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. The vineyard is located at the top of Howell Mountain at about 2600 feet.

Crimson in color. 15.9% ABV. Appealing on the nose with scents of brambly red fruits, licorice and rose petals. Lighter in style and more delicate than most the Turley wines from this era. Medium body with light acidity. Raspberry, huckleberry, pepper and chalk on the palate. Soft tannins on this very elegant Zinfandel. Drink over the next year.

My rating: 90 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail.

With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is arguably the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards sources throughout the state of California and no detail spared in the winemaking process. The wines are simply better than ever.

Turley has tasting rooms in both Amador and Paso Robles. If you are not on the mailing list, this is an easy way to secure bottles. Both are not to be missed if you are in the area.

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2006 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards.

Carlisle vineyard was planted in 1927 by Alcide Pelletti on the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain. Both sides of the Laguna were popular for settlement by Italians immigrants in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. As was typical in the early 1900’s Carlisle Vineyard is a field blend consisting of predominantly Zinfandel with a sprinkling of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir de la Calmette, Tempranillo, Peloursin, and others.

Purple in color. 15% ABV. Briar, black and red fruits, lavender and white pepper on the nose. Super rich and unctuous. Medium body with bright acidity. Blackberries, raspberry jam, boysenberry, cassis and pepper on the palate. Soft tannins on a great finish. Lots to like here. Always one of the best Carlisle single vineyard wines with the likes of Papera, Pagani and Montafi. Drink over the next year.

My rating: 94 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2006 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards.

Montafi Ranch, formerly Tom Feeney Vineyard, was planted in 1926 and sits on the Santa Rosa city limits. The vineyard is mostly Zinfandel but does contain a healthy amount of Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir de la Calmette. A little Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Syrah, and Petit Bouschet are interspersed as well.

Crimson in color. 15.4% ABV. Perfumed nose of red fruits, plums and sandalwood. Medium body with great acidity. White pepper, kirsch, raspberries and blackberries on the palate. The finish is long, rich and creamy. Drink over the next year or so. Great showing.

My rating: 94 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5.

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2006 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlo’s Ranch – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards.

Carlo’s Ranch Vineyard is now known as Papera Ranch Vineyard. The vineyard is close to Carlisle Vineyard and was planted in 1934. While many old-vine vineyards contain plenty of mixed black varieties, most of the blocks at Papera Ranch are 95+% Zinfandel. One block, however, does contain a significant amount of Carignane with a sprinkling of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Valdiguié.

Crimson in color. 15.3% ABV. Juicy, brambly red fruits, pepper and licorice on the nose. Full bodied, perfect acidity and supple tannins. Raspberry, blueberry, white pepper, white chocolate and a hint of raisin on the palate. Brilliant Zinfandel. Drink over the next year or so.

My rating: 93 points.

This wine, now known as Papera Ranch, is a winner year in and year out. Current vintages run around $40. I can’t recommend this more highly.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5.

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Zinfandel of the Month – 2006 Outpost Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month is a new feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. For a little background please see the first installment published two months ago. 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 2006 Outpost.

Outpost was established in 1998 and sits on a pristine piece of land atop Howell Mountain 2200 feet above Napa Valley. Thomas Rivers-Brown has been the winemaker from the start and has gained further acclaim making highly sought after wines for Schrader, Rivers-Marie and many others. Besides Zinfandel, Outpost also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

The fruit for the Howell Mountain Zinfandel is a combination old vine and young vine planted in ’78 and ’00 respectively. Crimson in color. 16.2% ABV. Concentrated aromas of dark fruits, white pepper and molasses. Big and structured. Textbook Howell Mountain profile. Medium body. Raspberry, plum, licorice and boysenberry on the palate. Dusty tannins on the incredibly long, sweet finish. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Outpost wines are only available via the mailing list and sell out quickly. Highly recommended.

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2006 Carlisle Zinfandel Pietro’s Ranch – BottleNotes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards.

This particular vineyard was planted in 1905 by Italo Barbieri for his brother Pietro. From a small village in Tuscany, Italo was responsible for planting many of the vineyards in the Piner/Olivet region of the Russian River Valley in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, 2006 was the last vintage for the Pietro vineyard.

Candy apple red in color. 16.1% ABV. Black fruits, pepper and anise on the nose. Black cherry, spice, nutmeg, raspberries and vanilla on the palate. Full bodied, great acidity and resolved tannins. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle Zinfandels are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

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2006 Brown Estate Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

In 1980, The Brown Family acquired land in the hills east of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. In 1995 they decided to make wine under their own label. The following year the first vintage of Zinfandel was produced and subsequently they have added Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah to their lineup. First and foremost, Brown Estate is known for their exceptional array of Zinfandels.

Brown Zinfandel is near and dear to me. I’ve had all the Estate Zinfandels from the 1997 vintage forward, and we served the ’99 Zin at our rehearsal dinner at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in 2000.

Light purple in color. 15.4% ABV. Raspberry liqueur on the nose. Blackberry, raspberry, pepper and cloves on the palate. Gorgeous, sweet fruit. The finish is long, ripe and jammy. This is what Zinfandel is all about.

My rating: 93 points.

Brown Estate makes Zinfandel that truly has very few peers in California. It should be included in the conversation with the likes of Turley, Carlisle and Ridge. The wine can be found at retail and at the winery. Seriously consider signing up for the mailing list.

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