California Zinfandel Tasting Case

California Zinfandel Tasting Case

California Zinfandel Tasting Case
AVG 91 91 - Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2016
91 - Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2016
91 - Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2016
92 - Mettler Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
90 - Motto Wines Zinfandel Unabashed 2016
92 - The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2017
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Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2016

Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2016

Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2016
€ 21.80 QTY:1

Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2016

Year: 2016
Size: 750ml
Type: Red
Alcohol: 14.5%
Varietal: Zinfandel
Grapes: Zinfandel
Country, Region: United States, California
AVG 91 2016 - Wine Spectator - 90
2016 - Wine Enthusiast - 90
2016 - 8Wines - 91
2015 - Wine Spectator - 92
2014 - Wine Spectator - 90
2013 - Wine Spectator - 90
2011 - Wine Enthusiast - 92
WS 90
WE 90
8W 91
QTY:1 € 21.80
Description
Drink now through to 2024. No need to decant before serving.

Dry Creek Vineyard was founded by David S. Stare in 1972 and was the first winery to be founded in Dry Creek Valley since Prohibition. David’s ambitious vision for the region led to its transformation from a small farming community to a well-known Sonoma wine region. The Dry Creek Valley AVA in Sonoma County has long been known for its intense and hearty Zinfandel wines which are crafted from the region’s many old vines and this has become an area of specialism for Dry Creek Vineyard.

In 1982 the estate’s vineyard manager, Duff Bevill, took cuttings from a pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vineyard near Geyserville. After many years of cultivating these young vines in 1997 the estate had succeeded in creating young vines that produced intense, concentrated grapes normally associated with very old vines. Their Heritage Zinfandel is the result of this lengthy research process and is composed of modest amounts of Petite Sirah and Carignane as well as the Zinfandel to add extra complexity.

The nose displays heady aromas of dark berries and sweet spices thanks to the 14 months of ageing in French oak, while the first sip reveals a full, smooth body with well-rounded tannins. The rich dark cherry and blackberry flavours are balanced by a subtle acidity which makes this a sensational pairing for beef stews or a prime steak served with fries.

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2016

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2016

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2016
€ 20.44 QTY:1

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2016

Year: 2016
Size: 750ml
Type: Red
Alcohol: 14%
Varietal: Zinfandel
Grapes: Zinfandel
Winery: Cline
Country, Region: United States, California
AVG 91 2016 - Wine Spectator - 91
2016 - 8Wines - 91
2013 - Jancis Robinson - 16
2004 - Wine Enthusiast - 90
WS 91
8W 91
QTY:1 € 20.44
Description
Drink now through to 2028. No need to decant before serving.

Established by Fred Cline in 1982, Cline Cellars was initially based in Oakley before moving in the 1990s to a 350-acre farm in Carneros Valley. Since then the family-run winery has specialised in producing delicious red wines crafted from Zinfandel and from Rhone varietals like Syrah and Mourvedre.

One key focus of the winery is sustainability and the estate is proud to be a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery. Highlights include building the largest solar-panelled winery in California and a flock of 2000 sheep and goats which are used instead of herbicides to remove weeds. The winery also provides raptor perches and owl boxes to encourage these natural predators to control pests like mice and gophers.

The family’s Ancient Vines Zinfandel is made with fruit from the estate’s oldest plots in Contra Costa County which are dry-farmed to ensure deliciously concentrated and intense flavours in the fruit. On the nose there are enticing crushed cassis and blackberry notes as well as cigar box spice from the 10 months of ageing in American oak barrels. The punchy flavour profile makes this ideal for pairing with rich beef stews or for keeping in the cellar for a few more years.

Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2016

Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2016

Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2016
€ 19.82 QTY:1

Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2016

Year: 2016
Size: 750ml
Type: Red
Alcohol: 15%
Varietal: Zinfandel
Grapes: Zinfandel
Winery: Ghost Pines
Country, Region: United States, California
AVG 91 2016 - 8Wines - 91
2015 - 8Wines - 91
2014 - 8Wines - 91
2013 - Wine Enthusiast - 91
8W 91
QTY:1 € 19.82
Description
Drink now through to 2024. No need to decant before serving.

Named after the mighty grey pines that dominate the landscapes of Northern California, Ghost Pines winery is inspired by this very special winemaking region and seeks to create wines that are authentic and express the unique qualities of this land. For this Zinfandel the winery carefully selects quality fruit from Sonoma and San Joaquin counties which are known for producing top quality Zin.

As soon as you pour out a glass of this bold Californian gem you’ll notice the deep inky red hue and enticing aromas of blackberries, cassis, blueberries and hints of toast and smoke. The first sip reveals a remarkably smooth texture and jammy dark berry and sweet spice flavours that linger long on the palate. The winery ages this Zinfandel in oak barrels for six months after the fermentation process is complete to add extra complexity and to fully integrate the different components from Sonoma and San Joaquin.

This full-throttle red is an ideal partner for smoky barbecued meats, hearty pasta dishes like Rigatoni Bolognese or even juicy marinated ribs. Thanks to the fruit-forward character of this delicious Zinfandel, it is also a great match for all types of charcuterie, roast pork, or a slow-cooked leg of lamb.

The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2017

The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2017

The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2017
€ 45.54 QTY:1

The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2017

Year: 2017
Size: 750ml
Type: Red
Alcohol: 16%
Varietal: Zinfandel
Grapes: 85% Zinfandel; 15% Blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah
Country, Region: United States, California
AVG 92 2017 - 8Wines - 92
2016 - 8Wines - 92
2015 - Wine Enthusiast - 93
2014 - Wine Spectator - 89
2014 - 8Wines - 91
2014 - Wine Enthusiast - 91
2013 - Wine Spectator - 90
2013 - Robert Parker - 90
8W 92
QTY:1 € 45.54
Description
Drink now through 2025. No need to decant.

The Prisoner Wine Company likes to do things differently. While so many are focused on specific vineyards as the source of good wines year after year, The PWC instead aim to simply find the best grapes they can find throughout Northern California. Saldo translates from Latin as “from here and there” which encapsulates this philosophy perfectly. Many of the vineyards that they source grapes from are the most historic, old-vine, dry-farmed vineyards in California.

When poured in the glass, the wine demonstrates a classic Zinfandel dark ruby hue. After a swirl, you smell traces of clove intermingled with ripe dark fruit: plums, blackberry and huckleberry. The entry on the palate reveals the plump voluptuous character of the wine. The dark fruit notes continue forward and are intermingled with a juicy acidity and dark chocolate covered cherry note that also picks up on the subtle vanilla spice that signals the finish. The wine is oak aged in a combination of French and American oak, with new oak only making up 25% of the barrels.

The dark chocolate notes would make it an incredible accompaniment to a dark molé sauce from Mexican cuisine, but the charred quality of grilled beef or lamb would also compliment the wine wonderfully.

Motto Wines Zinfandel Unabashed 2016

Motto Wines Zinfandel Unabashed 2016

Motto Wines Zinfandel Unabashed 2016
€ 18.00 QTY:1

Motto Wines Zinfandel Unabashed 2016

Year: 2016
Size: 750ml
Type: Red
Alcohol: 13.5%
Varietal: Zinfandel
Grapes: 85% Zinfandel, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Motto Wines
Country, Region: United States, California
AVG 90 2016 - 8Wines - 90
2014 - 8Wines - 89
8W 90
QTY:1 € 18.00
Description
Drink now through 2024. No need to decant.

The winemakers at Motto set out to make a good wine, plain and simple. When their methods made them appear to push the boundaries and appear not as classic as other winemakers, they decided to embrace that perception and make it their motto.

To add texture to the wine yet also retain the varietal character and freshness, a combination of oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks to age the wine. The fermentation process is also done with the grapes separated by the lots they come from to allow each to evolve separately and reveal their true character. The wine produced from the separate lots is then blended together in different ratios for each vintage to present a classic dark and bold California wine with their distinct take.

The wine is beautiful and dark in the glass. The first aromas are explosions of bright and exciting fruit notes: cranberry, plum, and marionberry. Once the fruit subsides, soft leathery notes remove the fruity edge. On the palate, the fruit notes evolve into darker notes of raspberry and blackberry. The leather gives way to a soft oak spice and a dark chocolate note.

To pair with food, the winemaker recommends some of his favorites: grilled cheese, meatloaf, BBQ ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and spaghetti with meatballs

Mettler Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Mettler Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Mettler Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
€ 26.46 QTY:1

Mettler Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Year: 2016
Size: 750ml
Type: Red
Alcohol: 14.5%
Varietal: Zinfandel
Grapes: Zinfandel
Winery: Mettler
Country, Region: United States, California
AVG 92 2016 - 8Wines - 92
2016 - Wine Enthusiast - 91
2013 - Wine Enthusiast - 90
8W 92
WE 91
QTY:1 € 26.46
Description
Drink now through to 2028. No need to decant before serving.

This big bold Zinfandel is a generous full-bodied wine which opens with enticing notes of blackcurrant, dark cherries and ripe plums. The first sip reveals smooth tannins, velvety texture, and very long finish with hints of dark chocolate, smoky tobacco, and roasted coffee beans.

The typically intense flavor profile of the Zinfandel variety is enhanced by the use of old vines which produce grapes with more concentration and depth of flavor. The result is a powerful red which is ideal to pair with hearty red meat dishes like steak, beef stew, or roast pork and lamb. While it is drinking very well now, the wine will continue to develop over the next 6 years or so.

The Mettler family have been growing grapes in California’s Lodi Valley since the late 1800s. Today the family retain control of every aspect of the winemaking process on their estate where they insist on farming organically. They also pursue a sustainable approach to grape growing and winemaking to ensure the land is preserved in perfect condition for the future generations of the family who will take care of this stunning property.
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