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California ZinfandelZinfandel is often considered to be California's native grape, although we now know it is genetically the same as Italy's Primativo.
At the low end of the price scale, Zins are fresh and fruity, though not particularly complex wines. As prices go higher, the wines become richer with a bramble quality that adds complexity.
Styles, across the price spectrum, are split two ways. Zinfandel can be drier, higher in acidity, reminiscent of fresh raspberry. Many though are made in a far richer style, with lower acidity, that is more reminiscent of raspberry jam. All can be quite spicy, often with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel makes a bold statement at first sip. Our quest for outstanding Zinfandel led us down a country road into the heart of Lodi, California revealing a sea of gnarled, 35 – 80 year-old vines pruned in a special, mop-topped ... more
A compelling blend of California’s finest plantings of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, this wine surpasses all expectation for pure enjoyment and approachabilityRipe fruit, intense with flavors of boysenberries and ... more
Head-trained, dry farmed vines are prized for their production of small, concentrated clusters of grapes that produce incredibly rich and intense wines. For years, Bogle has sought out these gnarly old vines to create our Old Vine Zinfandel.
While ... more
Zinfandel - The flavors are deep and dark like blackberry jam, loaded with baking spices. We have the 2011 in-stock now, but we're near the very end. We'll be switching to the 2012 when we run out. Let us know if it makes a difference ... more
I’m clearly developing a taste for “natural” wines. Formulaic wines all start tasting the same, and wines made from cultured yeasts taste like whatever the winemaker wants the wine to taste like, kind of like an artificially-flavored wine. Wines ... more
Bubo is the Latin word for ”owl” and the name of the goddess Athena’s magical owl. Throughout history owls have been regarded with fascination and associated with prosperity, good fortune, and a natural method of controlling pests. more
Old School is our “easy-drinking, no-thinking” Zin. Mixed berries with plenty of spice and creamy oak introduce and finish this wine. The juicy dark fruit, smooth texture, easy tannins and bright acidity make for a “go-to” wine. Something to go to ... more
This wine is a blend of three distinctive varietals, each
contributing the uniqueness of its singlularity. Zinfandel
provides a blackberry-like peppery spiciness. while Merlot
adds a mature fruity bell pepper quality and Cabernet
Franc adds a ... more
The coordination between viticulture and winemaking teams is essential when choosing fruit, to achieve the optimum level of flavor and balance in the wine. The vineyards selected for the California Collection wines are bathed in warm sunshine the ... more
With its picture-perfect ripening conditions and mild temperatures in the Fall, 2001 was an unbeatable year for zinfandel in the Dry Creek Valley. This year we included zinfandel from the superb Louvau vineyard on Dry Creek Road, in the ... more
76% ZINFANDEL, 13% CARIGNANE,
8% PETITE SIRAH, 3% MATARO
Alcohol 14.2% by volume
The history of Ridge's Sonoma County Three Valleys began
with the 2001. The wine contains grapes
from a number of Sonoma vineyards. We
take great care in ... more
Marietta Cellars is located just outside the town of Geyserville in Sonoma County. Owner and winemaker Chris Bilbro founded Marietta Cellars in 1978 in a rented cow barn in the Dry Creek Valley. He named the winery after his great aunt Marietta - a ... more
Ripe cherry, raspberry and plum flavors and aromas lead into this wine's densely fruity palate, followed by distinct notes of smoke, toast, rose petals and chocolate set in a voluptuous texture.2011 vintage: Awarded a Gold Medal by the 2014 San ... more
Ridge made their first wine from this historic vineyard in 1972. Located on the benchland and rolling hills between Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, it is just north of Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. Today Lytton East and West, purchased by Ridge in ... more