94 points Parker
One of the top-rated Zinfandels of the vintage. Limited.
92 Points Robert Parker: "The 2018 Zinfandel Aida Estate is a blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. Displaying a medium to deep garnet-purple color, it comes prancing out of the glass with opulent scents of baked plums, kirsch, raspberry pie and dried mulberries with hints of fruitcake, prunes, hoisin and spice box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is coated with spicy red and black fruit preserves plus a lively backbone and chewy tannins, finishing savory."
Tasting Notes: Deep and dark in color, the Vineyard 29 2017 Aida Estate Zinfandel possesses expressive aromas of white flowers, lifted raspberry preserves and brambly blackberry that are complimented by hints of white pepper and mountain sage. Upon entry, the blue and black fruits are accompanied by warm baking spices and intense earth and tobacco tones. Full-bodied throughout, this food friendly Zinfandel maintains its freshness and structure with mouth watering acidity and long, chewy, supple tannins on the finish. Crafted to be thoroughly enjoyable upon release, this wine will also age gracefully for 15+ years.
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.