Category Archives: Zinfandel

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Fiddletown Cellars, 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel, Fiddletown, CA. 15.5% ABV. $18.99 from the vineyard.

“Mmmm. BANG!” I love it when my co-tasters’ reactions are that immediate and direct. Especially when they’re my sentiments exactly. With a dramatic, almost dark-magenta color and pink edges, the nose on this baby was molasses, raspberry, gourmet mushrooms, and … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Project Paso 2010 Red Blend, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Paso Robles. 22% Grenache, 17% Petite Sirah, 16% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 9% Zinfandel, 8% Tempranillo, 7% Malbec, 4% Barbera, 2% Touriga Nacional. 13.8% ABV. $14, available for less than $10.

Y’know how red blends with Cabernet Sauvignon are dominated by the Cab most of the time? That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. I mean, if Robin Williams comes to your party, guess who’s going … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Plungerhead 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel (91% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah), Dry Creek Valley. 14.9% ABV. $19.99/suggested retail, available for as little as $10.95.

I’m not a plumber, but this Plungerhead can be my friend anytime. At the “can be found for” price of around $11, it’s the perfect Zinfandel to keep in stock for everyday. However, it’s fine enough that I would happily … Continue reading

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HaHa! From Cline Cellars.

This weekend we greatly enjoyed the 2009 Cline Zinfandel (California). Stay tuned for a review. 🙂 We also enjoyed a Cline 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) several months ago, also excellent. Frankly, everything they produce looks appealing! http://www.clinecellars.com/

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Wine Guerrilla: The Art and Soul of Zinfandel. Three wines reviewed.

This week, we sipped our way through a flight of Wine Guerrilla wines: two Zinfandels, and Rebel Cru, a red blend. While most wines are like a good short story, these wines proved to be novellas. They opened with a … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Bogle Phantom 2007, California, 54% Petite Sirah, 43% Zinfandel, 3% Mourvedre. 14.5% ABV. $15.99.

If you’re looking for a Halloween wine, this is it. Although Bogle is in fact the winemaking family’s surname, they obviously have a lot of fun with it. Phantom’s fact sheet declares, “bogle \bõ’gul\ n. [Scots, perhaps from Welsh] A … Continue reading

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