2002 Harvest Moon
Winery Pitts Home Ranch Zinfandel $$ (28.00) -
A very approachable Zin, light to medium bodied with lots of
upfront fruit and berry flavors and just a touch of spice. This wine
sports 15% alcohol but doesn't have the burn that many high alcohol wines can
produce. A nice Russian River Valley Zin which would pair well with
lighter foods. WJ 2/21/05
2001 Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi $
A solid Zin from a reliable producer brought a mouthful of
black cherry, dark fruits, a hint of spice and a silky smooth finish.
An enjoyable wine and a nice compliment to a hearty beef stew.
By the time you read this, it
would be too late to recommend you find this wine. It has seen the
summit and is beginning its downhill slide.
The color has bricked and the fruit is beginning to fade, though
black cherry and plum still hang in the glass.
2000 Mariah Zinfandel
Unfortunately, this wine carried a bit of a funk on the initial nose
and it sat on the fruit and flavors a non funky bottle would have had.
It was not totally shot, but the wet cardboard upfront took awhile to
leave. I will hunt down another
and leave open for an amendment.
Napa Wine Company Zinfandel $
a richly textured, silky wine with plenty of cherry and raspberry fruits.
A touch of spice finishes this in a subtle, soft fashion
Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel $
You should keep this wine around for fun, a host of fruit with a
chocolaty finish. Kind of like that box of chocolate-covered cherries your
Grandmother kept in the parlor for company.
2000 Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma County
Hang in there to get past
the wood and tannin because this one has some really nice flavors of black
fruit, chocolate and blueberry. A fun wine to enjoy with friends.
Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel $
(14.99) Zinfully pleasing, this wine has great fruit and a complex nose.
Right from the first sniff, I got cranberries and cinnamon, and then
there was a host of raspberry, dark cherry and chocolate. The only reason I
didn’t give this one a higher rating is that the after taste ran hot, too
much of an alcohol back-draft and not enough of a long fruit finish.
Let this one sit open for sometime.
Renwood Zinfandel $
(8.99) A compliment to the Italian Hot Dog from Newark, this wine is robust
and firmly structured with dark cherry, spice and chocolate flavors that
stand tall in the face of adversity. A
soft finish for such a bold wine.
Valley of the Moon Zinfandel $
This Zin is made up of 93% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah and 3% Barbera
boosting lush ripe flavors of raspberry, strawberry and vanilla. A silky texture and balance of tannins draw you into this
Ridge Geyserville $$
This is a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane
and 16% Petite Sirah and is a bold bouquet of dark fruits and oak.
Unfortunately, the oak and tannins overpowered the fruit and left a harsh
after taste through much of the bottle. Let
this one sleep in the cellar for a while to bring more of its beauty out.
Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel $ (17.99)
A nice wine that starts a bit
hot, but the alcohol settles and lets the dark berry, and raisin flavors come
out. Hints of oregano, spice and
vanilla round this wine out.
1999 Dry Creek Vineyard
Heritage Clone Zinfandel $ (16.99)
This wine poured a deep, rich purple into our Tailgating wine glass pack and it
was a bit harder to get the true nose off it.
It did exhibit blackberry, pepper and anise and showed a good balance of
oak and acidity to let you know this one can hang around for a few years in the
Storybook Mountain Vineyards, Zinfandel, Eastern Exposure $$
This Zin is tempered with a touch of Viognier to soften and round off this wine.
Decant this one, it starts out Hot (alcohol) and takes time to mellow to
reveal its berry and black cherry fruit, low acidity and nice length to the
Ridge Zinfandel, Geyserville, Sonoma County $$ (22.00)
nectar of deep ruby cast, full-body and massive oak.
Black fruit and brown spices make this a lusty, full-length wine.
Not for the weak at heart.
Francis Zinfandel, Old Vines, Sonoma County $
Deep ruby hue with plenty of lush dark fruit and chocolate.
Mild tannins round this out to give it a velvety, supple finish.
This was my second choice for Turkey Day, which would have been far
better than the Gewertz. This stands up well to sausage, escarole, and lentil stew.
The spice compliments the caraway in the Italian sweet sausage.
Rombauer El Dorado Zinfandel $$
This is a big bold wine very
approachable with a bucket-load of berry fruit and chocolate overtones.
Smooth and soft with a mouth filling texture that makes this the wine you
want to drink at the end of the night…
Rosenblum Annette’s Reserve Zinfandel $$ (25.00)
This is a blend of 78% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane and 7 % Petite Sirah which gives
this wine a nice red fruit and berry flavor, but a much lighter wine than other
Zins. This wine is a bit rough
around the edges and has a bit of an after taste.
Kempton Clark Mad Zin $ (12.00)
This wine is called MAD (Multiple Appellation Designate) and brings grapes from
several great wine regions in California. Comprised
of 85% Zinfandel, and the balance Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah. Balanced and full of berries, this is a pleasurable wine to
consume on a clear summer night when the sun and humidity have dropped and a
light breeze occasionally rustles the leaves.
Peju Province Zinfandel
produces and sells from their tasting room which is located in Napa.
There is a reason they don't have a large distribution network, this wine
suffered from a lack of fruit and a strong nose that included a notable
alcohol scent. This scent also
translated to the palate with an almost
"alcohol burn" and flavor that was devoid of fruit and texture.
Come to think
of it, I believe the only reason I actually bought this wine was that they
are one of the few Tasting Rooms that stay open until 6:00 pm in Napa, so
when all the better wineries close at 5:00 and you really need more to drink,
stumble in for a slurp. Price
$12-14. Rating "Don't Bother" WinoHondo
Rombauer Zinfandel $$ (26.00)
This wine has a heady aroma and, as you will find out,
a kick-ass alcohol content. Soft,
spicy and smooth came immediately to mind.
This was full bodied but did not have the finish that I had hoped for
upon sniffing this beauty. The back
draft was tannic which stepped on the otherwise pleasant experience this wine
brought to my glass.
Zebra Zin $ (18.00)
A medium-bodied harshness assaulted my mouth as I drank this wine.
A pleasant aroma was present as I lifted the glass to my nose, but the
drinking was not fun. I still have
a half-opened bottle at the house if anyone wants a taste.
I tried, but this is not one I would bring to friends.