Posts tagged: Zinfandel

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 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! Portalupi 2011 “Dolinsek” […]

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 […]

Old Vine Zinfandel of the Month

When you get some of the best fruit in the Valley you can only expect to wind up with an amazing final product.  The folks at Enkidu did just that with this 2010 Bedrock Old Vine Vineyard bottling.  But with only 200 cases produced I have to warn you that it will be gone in […]

Monday May 13th, 2013 in , , , , , | No Comments »

“The” Zin surprise of the year

We rarely do blind Zinfandel tastings, but we have to do it once in a while.  So my group rounded up a bunch of worthy opponents and we battled it out between many younger and older vine Zins.  The list included: Ridge “Pagani Ranch” (93 Pts Parker) Acorn “Allegria” (92 WS) Hartford “Dina” (93 Pts […]

Wednesday April 10th, 2013 in , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Impressive Petite Sirah & Zin at bargain prices

Horse and Plow is a small husband and wife run winery in Santa Rosa that focuses on making handcrafted wines exclusively from organic and bio-dynamic grapes. Chris Condos (winemaker/partner) started his career at Pine Ridge in 1995. He is also the day-to-day winemaker for Kathryn Kennedy winery. His wife, Suzanne Hagins started her career at […]

This Zin will “Rock your world”

Morgan Twain-Peterson reminds me of a scientist turned rock star or a rock star turned scientist.  Maybe he is “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!  He […]

Zinfandel of the year!

Kirk Venge 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, […]