The fantastic Valdez 2009 Lancel Creek Zinfandel is made by Jeff Cohen for vineyard manager Ulyses Valdez - only 400 cases produced. One of our favorite Zin producers.
91 Points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant and jammy, with black cherry flambé aromas that lead to powerful flavors of boysenberry, roasted anise and smoky pepper. Tannins are ripe but dense. Drink now through 2017.""
The fantastic Valdez 2011 St. Peter's Church Zinfandel is a blockbuster Zin usually only available direct at the winery. We have a small amount of this gem from one of our favorite Zin producers.
94 Points Brix26: "This zin is a blockbuster. Deep dark purple and inky in color that almost looks like a petite sirah. Vibrant and jammy, with black cherry flambé aromas that lead to powerful flavors of boysenberry, roasted anise and smoky pepper. Tannins are ripe but dense. Drink now through 2021."
93 Points Robert Parker: "The Zinfandel St. Peter’s Church Vineyard looks more like Petite Sirah than Zinfandel. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a wine with blockbuster-like richness and intensity, loads of incense, camphor and black fruits, full body and terrific purity. This gorgeous Zinfandel can be enjoyed over the next decade."
Ulises Valdez is one of California's most respected growers, and has worked with some of the best including Paul Hobbs, Aubert and Pahlmeyer. His new Pinot Noir is not to be missed. Limited.
previous vintage 94 Points Wine Spectator: "A rich, broad, expressive style that captures a wide range of deep falvors, with spicy wild blackberry notes and touches of cinnamon and spice, matched by cedary, toasty oak and rich, full, mineral-laced tannins. Drink now through 2021."
For more than a decade, Ulises Valdez has produced wine under his own label from carefully selected vineyards which he farms and they should be on your short-list of boutique California producers to follow. This stylish Pinot comes from a vintage that Wine Spectator raved about for the Sonoma Coast y, gushing that it "..looks excellent across the board, particularly Pinot Noir."