Category Archives: Zinfandel

Zinfandel, Brown Estate, Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California, 2012, 15.2% abv, US$50

Do you know how hard it is to get a bottle of Brown Estate?  They sell out pretty much everything they make annually to their wine club and select Napa Valley and San Francisco restaurant wine directors.  And no one … Continue reading

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Caymus, Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California, 2011, 15.2% abv, C$46.00

Owned for 40 years in Rutherford, California by the Wagner family, the Caymus wines are some of the most dependable and tasty produced in Napa Valley. Over the course of time, they’ve diversified with several product lines and quality levels. … Continue reading

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Zinfandel, Mickey’s Block, Brown Estate, Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California, 2011, 15.2% abv.

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you … know the rest. Meet Mickey. We’ve held onto this Zinfandel wine for a year now to see what a little time in the bottle would do to it.  It’s hard … Continue reading

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Zinfandel, Rosemary’s Block, Brown Estate, Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California, 2011, 14.9% abv.

The Queen must have showed up tonight. I did mention on March 24th in my Brown Estate review that she would have to be here for me to open this bottle. She was definitely here, figuratively speaking. Liz may have … Continue reading

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Rosemary’s Block, Zinfandel, Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, Brown Estate, 2011, 14.9% abv.

The Queen must have showed up tonight. I did mention in my Brown Estate review that she would have to be here for me to open this bottle. She was definitely here, figuratively speaking. Liz may have have shown up, … Continue reading

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Klinker Brick, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2009, 15.8% abv, C$30

When faced with a challenge, what does a Winellama do?  Why, rise of course! So, my friend’s request to taste this California Zinfandel prompted a late Sunday afternoon (in between football games) trip to the liquor store. Besides, who am … Continue reading

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Old Vine Zinfandel, Bonanza, Rustico Farm & Cellars, Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2009, 14.3% abv, $30

Rustico is a ‘western themed’ winery and slightly kitschy.  Isabella’s Poke?  Threesome?  If you have to rely on the kitsch to sell your wine… I will say it’s interesting that they grow Zinfandel as there are so few places growing it … Continue reading

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