Practically everyone loves Zinfandel and what better endeavor on a Saturday afternoon might one pursue than a Zin indulgence. The likely suspects come under scrutiny as we pull in examples from the best regions planted to the wonderful Zinfandel grape.
2015 Robert Hall Zinfandel, Paso Robles
List price 16.00; Our price 13.95
This Zinfandel is a full-bodied wine with a dense core of fresh raspberry and cranberry fruit intertwined with peppery spice. Soft tannins and moderate acidity nicely balance the robust fruit and spice flavors in this food friendly wine. Enjoy with a juicy steak, grill portabella mushroom, pungent cheese or decadent chocolate dessert.
2015 Steele Wines Zinfandel, Pacini Vineyards, Mendocino Co.
List price 20.00; Our price 16.99
The nose is full of ripe cherry and blueberry with undertones of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. The palate is full of ripe wild berries, spice, and cherry cola, with dusty cocoa and light tannin on the finish. The wine has great structure, and is well balanced." Enjoy this wine with BBQ, roast duck, lamb chops, and cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano, aged Gouda or a dry jack.
2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel, Heritage Vines, Sonoma Co.
List price 22.00; Our price 18.99
The Heritage presents enticing aromatics of raspberries, cherry and a hint of toast and black pepper. Blended with 20% Petite Sirah and 1% Primitivo, this is a thick, dense wine that offers smoky char beneath rich, full-bodied red berries and softly integrated oak. The finish has touches of mocha and tobacco leaf. It’s bright acidity makes it a good fit with burgers, pizzas and other fatty dishes. It received 90 points from Wine Spectator and 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, as well.
2016 Lake Sonoma Winery Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
List price 24.00; Our price 19.99
Prepare yourself for a juicy fruit entry featuring cherries and chocolate. There is a hint of cinnamon stick and caramel on the way to a long spicy oak finish. It has a strong Zinfandel structure throughout and is refreshing in the way a Dry Creek Zin should be. It is versatile enough to go with many dishes, yet a pleasure on its own.
2016 Pezzi King Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
List price 25.00; Our price 22.99
This is another model Zin in the rich and jammy, fruit forward style. The new owners have taken a good winery and made it even better. This is your lush, full bodied styling that is not at all for the weak of heart. It is a really good steak or rib wine.
2016 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel, Old Vines, Napa
List price 30.00; Our price 28.99
Turley's 2016 Old Vines Zinfandel screams with varietal character. Succulent dark cherry, leather, tobacco, sage, menthol and crushed flowers give the 2016 myriad shades of dimension. This plump, supple Zinfandel offers considerable near and medium-term appeal. It received 92 points from Wine Spectator: ”Floral wild berry and sage aromas open to refined and delicately zesty black cherry, white pepper and smoky sweet anise flavors. Drink now through 2024.”
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