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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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