Posts tagged: Zinfandel

Wine Alert ! Killer 225 case production Zin, 93 Points

In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the […]

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Zin-Tastic 2012 Release

Vince grew up in an Italian family – LOTS of food and WINE!  His grandfather introduced him at a very young age to wine (he would pour a little vino in his water), and that led to an early introduction, and later education as winemaker crafting great wines and tending to this amazing vineyard.  The […]

Friday January 16th, 2015 in , , , , , | No Comments »

2012 Napa Zin of the Year ~ 175 cases produced only 8 allocated!

Kirk Vegne has been crafting wines since his childhood with his “famous” dad Nils Venge (first 100 Point winemaker in the Napa Valley, 1985 Groth Reserve).  Nils told me some years ago that Kirk is a better winemaker than he’ll ever be – big statement!  Kirk also makes the wines for Macauley, Venge, Honeycut, Jax, Igenous […]

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

Portalupi 2012 Zinfandel Russian River Valley – ZIN OF THE YEAR!

Portalupi is a small family owned winery that was created by a husband and wife team in 2002.  Their goal was to create wines worthy of their Italian ancestry.  Having traversed the gamut of premium wineries I would say they succeeded in their quest and the results are some very high-quality wines, at an economically […]

Zin(tastic) blind tasting winner

We had not done a blind Zinfandel tasting in some time, so we pulled out all the stops and lined up some real gems for this event: Carlisle “Carlisle Vineyard” (95 Parker) Carlisle “Hayne” (95 Parker) Outpost (94 Parker) Hartford “Highwire” (95 Parker) Bedrock “Heritage” (95 WS) Bedrock “Monte Rosso” (94 WS) Bedrock “Sodini” (93 […]

Under $30.00 WINES Special in time for Valentine’s Day

Just in time – get some fun wines in for Valentine’s Day.  Order today and they’ll arrive just in time for next week’s celebration!  Founded by an army and family of one, Patrick Krutz, Krutz Family Cellars has just recently grown into its “full” business name.  The 2003-’06 vintages were crafted entirely by Patrick.  Youngest […]

Zinfandel Producer of the Year

Morgan Twain-Peterson reminds me of a scientist turned rock star or a rock star turned scientist.  Maybe he is a “Rockientist”.  All I can say, he really knows what he’s stuff.  Since his childhood days at age 5 – he made his first wine in Kindergarten, when you and I were playing with dinky toys!  […]

Best of Class Zinfandel!

  Portalupi 2011 “Dolinsek” Russian River Valley BEST OF CLASS, Double Gold, San Francisco International Competition! Retail 50.00 – GGWC 46.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more Use discount shipping code PORT11DOL during check out From 100 plus year old vines farmed by one of the most meticulous growers in America, this is truly […]

The hidden (Turley Source) gem

The Moore Vineyard is one of California’s oldest and best known Zinfandel vineyards. Mike and Molly Hendry married in 2009 and produced their first vintage from the Moore Vineyard that year.  Mike manages the vineyard and sales for the Hendry Winery and Molly is an attorney for Napa County. Bill Moore is Molly’s uncle, and […]

Zinfandel of the Month

Nestled in the Russian River Valley the century-old Gamba Estate has consistently produced limited-production (handcrafted) wines. This organic and dry-farmed 35 acre vineyard is owned by Gus and Paulette Gamba. Guided by a family heritage of six generations of wine grape growing, it is a firm belief at Gamba that wines are made in the […]