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The Week in Zinfandel (7/31/17)

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2009 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 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.

Papera Vineyard is situated in the Russian River Valley and was planted in 1934 by Charlie Papera. Most vineyards from this era are comprised of a number of mixed black varieties. Papera, on the other hand, is 95% Zinfandel.

Bright crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Stunning nose of red and black fruits, ginger and black licorice. Plush, highly extracted and impeccably balanced. Raspberry liqueur, blackberry, black cherry and pepper on the palate. The finish is very long and sweet with fine grained tannins. Super Zinfandel from a favorite vineyard. Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 94 points.

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

I wrote about Williams Selyem previously in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (7/3/16)

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2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Papera Vineyard is situated in the Russian River Valley and was planted in 1934 by Charlie Papera. Most vineyards from this era are comprised of a number of mixed black varieties. Papera, on the other hand, is 95% Zinfandel.

Interestingly enough the 2012 Bedrock Papera is 60% Zinfandel and 40% Carignane.

Maroon in color. 14.7% ABV. Sensational nose of red and black fruits, leather and pepper. Fresh and vibrant with tons of acidity. Rich and plush with fruit in spades. Raspberry liqueur, boysenberries, plums and white pepper on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. For me, 2012 is the vintage where Bedrock took it to another level. Exceptionally well made wines across the board. Drink the Papera over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The mailing list at Bedrock is highly recommended. Exceptional wines, fair prices and great customer service. Put your name on the waiting list.

I blogged about Bedrock recently in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (5/29/17)

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Some New Zinfandels for Memorial Day

In a first here at Zinfandel Chronicles Headquarters I gave into the cry to open all three bottles featured in the May Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. It is worth noting that the 2013 Amapola Creek Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard was the actual winner with the Novy Zinfandel Papera Ranch Vineyard coming in second and the 2013 Joseph Swan Zinfandel Mancini Ranch Vineyard bringing up the rear. Voting was close though and as stated previously none of these producers had been featured on Zinfandel Chronicles since its inception over 5 years ago. With that in mind I decided to ope all 3 bottles. Rest assured this will not happen on a regular basis.

The vineyards represented here are some of the very best old vine Zinfandel sites in the state of California. Monte Rosso and Papera Ranch are legendary and with Carlisle bringing on Mancini Ranch in the recent past I have little doubt this vineyard will be worth following in the years to come.

None of the wines were decanted.

  • 2011 Joseph Swan Zinfandel Mancini Ranch Vineyard – Ruby red in color. 13.3% ABV. Dusty red fruits, spice and a touch of leather on the nose. Medium body with ample acidity. Light, lively and incredibly refreshing. Bing cherries, raspberry liqueur and boysenberries on the palate. Fresh, low in alcohol yet packed with flavor. Zins just aren’t made like this very often. Bravo. Drink over the next 2-4 years. Purchased for $25 on WineBid. My rating: 92 points.
  • 2013 Amapola Creek Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard – Violet in color. 16% ABV. Lush nose of juicy red and black fruits, pepper and earth. Medium to full body with loads of acidity. Plush and exceptionally well balanced. Blackberry, raspberry and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and pure. Powerful Zinfandel with the structure to drink well over the next 5-7 years. $45 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.
  • 2013 Novy Zinfandel Papera Ranch Vineyard – Bright crimson in color. 15.8% ABV. Soaring nose of sweet red fruits, brown sugar and licorice. Full bodied with medium to strong acidity. Super plush and rich on the palate. Flavors of sweet cherries, raspberries and baking spices. The finish is long and sweet. Delightful Zinfandel. Drink over the next 2-4 years. Purchased for $25 on WineBid. My rating: 93 points.

What a tremendous set of Zins. All great in their own right but if I had to pick one I would go with the Novy as it is right in my wheelhouse. Once again Papera Ranch rises to the top.

As always I appreciate the feedback, votes and comments on the monthly Pick My Next Bottle. Until next month!

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The Week in Zinfandel (5/8/17)

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2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Papera Vineyard is situated in the Russian River Valley and was planted in 1934 by Charlie Papera. Most vineyards from this era are comprised of a number of mixed black varieties. Papera, on the other hand, is 95% Zinfandel.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. It took some coaxing but the nose showed black fruits, flowers and white pepper. Young and refreshing with mouth watering acidity. Brambly blackberry, black cherry, tar and earth on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. This is very different from the Carlisle and Williams Selyem versions of Papera. Less full bodied and plush but delicious nonetheless. Super Zin from perhaps my favorite Zin Vineyard. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The mailing list at Bedrock is highly recommended. Exceptional wines, fair prices and great customer service. Put your name on the waiting list.

I blogged about Bedrock recently in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Papera Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Papera Vineyard is situated in the Russian River Valley and was planted in 1934 by Charlie Papera. Most vineyards from this era are comprised of a number of mixed black varieties. Papera, on the other hand, is 95% Zinfandel.

Bright crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Savory nose of red and black fruits, earthy loam and flowers. Medium body with medium acidity and a hint of spritz. Strawberry, raspberry, blood orange and a little black pepper on the palate. Claret style Zinfandel with a medium length finish. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 90 points.

The mailing list at Bedrock is highly recommended. Exceptional wines, fair prices and great customer service. Put your name on the waiting list.

I blogged about Bedrock recently in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2016

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 2016.

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.

  1. 2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 95 points
  2. 2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard – 94 points
  3. 2008 Turley Zinfandel Zampatti Vineyard – 94 points
  4. 2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard – 94 points
  5. 2010 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – 94 points
  6. 2012 Brown Estate Zinfandel – 94 points
  7. 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs – 93 points
  8. 2007 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 93 points
  9. 2012 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch – 93 points
  10. 2009 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain – 93 points

A few observations after compiling the list:

  • Papera Ranch very well might be my favorite vineyard for Zinfandel.
  • Brown Estate should not be overlooked in a conversation of best CA Zinfandel producers.
  • It’s not too late to track down any Ridge Zin from 2012. Ridge crushed it in this vintage!
  • Monte Rosso is consistently the best Zinfandel from Bedrock Wine Co.
  • Carlisle is the only winery with multiple wines in my Top 10 going back the last 3 years.
  • 2008 was a better year for Zinfandel than the critics claimed it was.

Last year’s list can be found here.

What was the best Zinfandel you opened this past year?

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