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The Week in Zinfandel (4/16/18)

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2010 Ravenswood Zinfandel Cooke Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Cooke Vineyard, planted in 1979, is 10 acres of Zinfandel on a steep hillside about 1200 feet above the Sonoma Valley floor at the lower end of the Mayacamas Range.

Black in color. 15% ABV. Awesome nose of brambly black fruits, licorice and white pepper. Medium body with perfect acidity and exceptional balance. Old school, claret style Zinfandel. Blackberries, cherries, iron and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Fantastic Zinfandel that is aging gracefully. Always one of the best single vineyard designates from Ravenswood. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. Unfortunately, Ravenswood last produced the Cooke Vineyard Zinfandel in 2012. Look for current versions of Dickerson or Old Hill.

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The Week in Zinfandel (4/9/18)

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2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera 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. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . They have also added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s first ever Grüner Veltliner.

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.

Dark crimson in color. 15.4% ABV. Exquisite nose of black fruits, licorice and white pepper. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Slightly lighter in style than I expect from Carlisle but more likely a reflection of nine years of bottle age. Black raspberry, cream, anise and pepper on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Super Zinfandel from one of the very best vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Drink over the next year or so.

My rating: 92 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 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2009 Turley Zinfandel Mead Ranch – 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. Turley now makes right around 28 separate wines from 35 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and has been instrumental in revitalizing the brand.

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.

Magenta in color. 16.1% ABV. Fantastic nose of red and black fruits, baking spices and white pepper. Full bodied with plenty of acidity. Just a slight bit of heat on the palate. Flavors of cherries, blackberries, anise and pepper. Tremendous length on the finish. Not for the faint of heart but if you are a fan of the Turley wines from the Ehren Jordan era then this will be right in your wheelhouse. Consider me a fan. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 points.

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 wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. 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 was a big winner in The 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (4/2/18)

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The Week in Zinfandel (3/26/18)

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Zinfandel of the Month – 2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel Sonoma County

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 April Zinfandel of the Month is the 2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel Sonoma County.

Dry Creek Vineyard was founded in 1972 by David S. Stare. Kim Stare Wallace now runs the winery and Tim Bell is the winemaker. Dry Creek Vineyard makes a wide array of wines but is certainly best know for it’s Zinfandel program.

Purple in color. 14.5% ABV. 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah and 1% Carignane. From 20+ year old vines in Sonoma County. Savory nose of black fruits, plums and earthy loam. Full bodied with medium acidity. Rich, plush and spicy. Black cherry, blackberry, salmon berry and pepper on the palate. Good length on the finish. Easy to drink Zinfandel that is widely available and attractively priced at under $20 per bottle. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 89 points.

Although not quite on par with the best values like Carlisle Sonoma County and Turly Old Vines the Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zin compares well with the Ravenswood Appellation Zins and Seghesio Sonoma County. Give it a try!

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The Week in Zinfandel (3/19/18)

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2015 Hartford Family Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley Old Vine – Bottle Notes

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford’s appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Located in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast. Jeff Stewart is the Hartford Family Winemaker.

Magenta in color. 15.5% ABV. Sensational nose of brambly red and black fruits, anise and freshly cracked black pepper. Full bodied with exquisite acidity. Rich, plush and seamless. Raspberry liqueur, black cherries, molten licorice and pepper on palate. The finish is sweet and exceptionally long. Absolutely glorious Zinfandel. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The 2014 Hartford Family Zinfandel was the Number 10 Wine of the Year in the Wine Spectator Top 100. Having tried both the ’14 and ’15 I would contend the latter is a superior wine. Fairly priced at $40 per bottle. I’ll buy more when the opportunity arises.

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