New from David Ramey - 93 pts
The Sidebar 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valleycome from Sidebar, a new label from winemaker legend David Ramey and Ramey Wine Cellars. It is the product of the Ramey team’s desire to have some fun and a little instant gratification while waiting for our Ramey bottlings to mature.
“A unique field blend of Zinfandel and fourteen other grape varieties from a heritage Russian River Valley vineyard, originally planted in 1890 and partially replanted in 1950 by Americo Rafanelli.”- David Ramey
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another gem in the lineup, the 2016 Zinfandel Old Vines comes from sites in the Russian River Valley. Ripe, classic Zinfandel notes of red plums, cedar, sandalwood, pepper, and flowers all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant effort that has fine tannins and impeccable balance. It’s seriously good and a great value. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years."
One of the best value boutique Zinfandels in California! 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 2014 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 than 2005, 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 perennial best buy in Napa Valley Zinfandel!
The Beuhler 2015 Napa Valley Zinfandel is a mix of their estate vineyards and grapes from other select Napa Valley high quality, low-yielding vineyards. Dry-farmed for over 23 years, the 4.5 acre estate block consists of mature thirty-eight year old vines which typically give around 2.5 tons/acre of beautiful hillside Zinfandel fruit. Interspersed among the head-trained vines are a handful of Petite Sirah vines representing perhaps 5% of the total vines in this block. A traditional field companion to Zinfandel in pre-prohibition California vineyards, Petite Sirah contributes pepper, color, and tannin structure to the wine.
A fantastic value in Old Vines Napa Valley Zin! The Girard Old Vines Zinfandel Napa Valley is a blend of 76% Zinfandel and 24% Petite Sirah. Sourcecd from mountain vineyards that provide a rich flavor extraction, fruit-forward palate and wonderful layers of complexity from multiple soil types. One of our favorite Napa Zins under $30.
90 Points Wine Spectator: "Plump and briary, with appealing black cherry and spice aromas and ripe, supple raspberry and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2024."