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Apr
22

Carlisle Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

Carlisle makes an impossibly large range of wines from old-vine sites in California. The focus is Zinfandel and mixed blacks, alongside a couple Petite Sirah, Syrah and white wine bottlings.

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Oct
20

Schoolhouse Vineyard Mescolanza Zinfandel Blend 2010

Independent wine stores like Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie do much to broaden the wine culture of the city and introduce citizens and industry members to interesting new wines from

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Apr
16

Turley Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Ueberroth is the greatest Zinfandel vineyard in the world. That makes Turley’s bottling, in my view, the best expression of Zinfandel on the planet. The vines were planted in 1885,

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Nov
11

Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Contra Costa County 2013

Bedrock is one of my favourite US producers. They focus on heritage vineyards, field blends, and ensuring proper acidity and balance in the wines made from the very intense, high

Dec
10

Ridge Lytton Springs 2011

For me, Ridge is home. It is the essence of what California should be, happy to put its faith in the material and the weather. Happy to be understated. Happy

Nov
23

Nalle “Henderlong” Zinfandel 2011

Zinfandel and associated mixed black field blends are fun explorations of California terroir. One of my most enjoyable wine diversions is seeking out top bottlings from as many of these

Nov
16

Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel 2008

Cold weather demands big wine. Often Zinfandel can be too big, too oaky, too glycerol. On the other hand, its fruit can be unparalleled in intensity and the best also

May
3

Brown Estate Arrested Zinfandel 2006

Arrest. This word has intense meaning in our language. The easy first thought is “to deprive of freedom”. Nothing is more loaded. But, arrest also means to stop – the

Dec
5

Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2010

Does Zinfandel matter? An ostentatious question, I agree. But nevertheless an important one. Those who seek deftness and authenticity not only shy away from Zin but can sometimes decry it.

Oct
27

Peju Zinfandel 2007

Anyone who has been to Napa a few times knows the general rule that it is best to avoid Highway 29 if you want to find anything other than explosive