EPISODE #1

Dense and powerful with a gutsy wallop of blackberry and black cherry, natural vanilla, and baking spice flavors, with an elegantly layered and succulent mouthfeel.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 87

Scott: 85

Tom: 86

 

 

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

Seghesio Zinfandel 2013

Plump and luscious, this is jam-packed with fruit. Lively blackberry, pepper and other spice box aromas lead to ripe and rich flavors of black raspberry, caramel and licorice. There are more complex Zinfandels, but few that are more enjoyable to drink.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 91

Scott: 91

Tom: 90

 

 

Biale Zinfandel “Rocky Ridge Vineyard” 2012

Napa Valley’s iconic Zinfandel producer gets fruit from Rockpile, northern Sonoma County, to make this special, complex, soul-satisfying Zin. We call this “Claret style” as its balance of fruit and spice is pristine. Big flavor and elegance both here. Smell and taste Marasca cherries, sandalwood, blueberries, lavender. This is more about intensity than girth.  

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 93

Scott: 93

Tom: 93

Turley Frederick’s Vineyard Zinfandel 2011

This certified organic vineyard, owned by Dick Fredericks, was planted in 1937. Though technically within the Sonoma Valley appellation, the vineyard is actually located about 900 feet up along very steep contoured terraces. We feel lucky to work with this vineyard, as it is very rare to find hillside head-trained old vines. The wines are high in acid, bright, balanced, with well-integrated fruit & tannin.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 91

Scott: 91

Tom: 90

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