Aug
15

Brown Estate: of Anchors and Zinfandel

Lately I have spent much of my free time reflecting on change. How is it that after years of pursuing knowledge and stumbling upon experience that we somehow remain the

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Jan
1

Orin Swift The Prisoner 2008

It is always interesting for me to return to this wine. It was the first wine I had when I first took a trip to Napa Valley two and a

Dec
5

Peter Franus Brandlin Vineyard Mount Veeder Zinfandel 2005

I’m on a bit of a zinfandel kick lately. Perhaps it’s the cold weather that brings out my desire for tons of fruit and huge forwardness. I picked up this

Dec
1

Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2006

Outpost is a lauded producer from the Napa Valley AVA Howell Mountain. Howell Mountain is one of the most respected sites in the valley, and it has built a reputation

Oct
8

T-Vine Brown Estate Zinfandel 2006

Anyone who has been following this blog for any length of time knows how much I love Brown Estate zinfandel. While I was down in California I also heard great

Aug
10

Mazzocco Sonoma

The festivities of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2009 (#WBC09) prompted Sean, Graham and me to do a little ‘practical’ training on the side and visit a couple wineries while we

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Jul
2

Sinnean Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

I doubt anyone associates Oregon state with the renowned all-American California variety zinfandel, but here we have one of Oregon’s most noteworthy producers making one as their “flagship wine”. As

Apr
25

Franz Hill Vineyards Big and Little Vineyards Zinfandel 2005

Sometimes small production wines really can hit the spot for a great price. This Franz Hill Zinfandel was limited to 10 barrels, which translates at 300 bottles a barrel into

Feb
17

A Day in Napa: Brown Estate

There are a few precious moments in a wine drinker’s life that precipitate a feeling of perfectly elaborated poise, reflection, and exuberance. In my experience such moments often arise in

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Jan
20

Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2006

I like Ridge a lot – but generally less so for what they are famous for. I prefer their chards and cabs over their zins, but since I was in