Andrew Nalle makes on of Calfornia's classic and classiest Zinfandels. Don't miss.
With only 13.8% alcohol and modest use of French oak aging, The Nalle 2020 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is bright and fruit forward in style, but with Dry Creek’s classic zinberry aromatics of cherry and strawberry. Smooth tannins and good midpalate weight, are a result of fresh berries and not raisins. 90% Zin, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane
The Nalle 2020 Dry Creek Classic Zinfandel was raised in 25% new oak and comes in at a very civilized 13.8% octane in this vintage. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a youthful blend of brambles, black raspberry, roasted game, dark chocolate, a fine base of soil tones, bonfire, youthful fresh herb tones and blossoming spices in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and nascently complex, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, tangy acids, buried tannins and fine balance and grip on the long and very promising finish. Like all of the Nalle Zinfandels, the 2020 is built for the cellar and will need some bottle age before it blossoms properly and starts to drink with generosity. However, once it is really ready to drink, it will be delicious.
One of the best value boutique Zinfandels in California from Klinker Brick! An intense, fruit-filled wine you expect to cost at least twice as much. If you have yet to try a Zin from Lodi, this is the one!
The Klinker Brick 2017 Old Vines Zinfandel is produced from an amalgam of 14 different vineyard blocks, ranging in age from 35 to 110 years old. This vintage saw lower yields, producing a wine that is both complex and bold. Showing typical Klinker Brick cherry/berry/plum fruit components with aromatic spices on the nose, this wine is incredibly well balanced with a silky smooth texture and a long lingering finish. One of their best!
A fantastic $20 Old Vines Zinfandel from Carol Shelton.
91 Points Wine Spectator: "A juicy bomb of fruit, this red is also well-structured, with lively raspberry, toasty spice and roasted sage flavors that linger on a snappy finish. Drink now through 2028"
Carol Shelton has been lauded with countless medals and honors through the course of her 35-year winemaking career. In fact, she is said to be one of the most awarded winemakers in the country. Through Carol Shelton Wines, Carol could focus on whatever she chose—and she chose Zinfandel. Eager to capture all the nuances that terroir gives to this intriguing variety, Carol searched through the great California growing regions including Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Mendocino, and Cucamonga.