Perry Creek Winery: Their vineyards are planted with twice the vines per acre as others in the Sierra Foothills, restricting grapes per vine, boosting flavor complexity and fruit character.
Carol Shelton Wines: Carol Shelton attended UC Davis intending to study poetry, and then stumbled on her true calling when she first entered a wine cellar.
Seghesio Family Vineyards: After departing his family's vineyards in Piedmont, Italy, Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Alexander Valley in 1895.
Truett Hurst Winery: The founding partners of Truett Hurst worked together at Fetzer Winery nearly 35 years ago when winemaker Paul Dolan hired Phil Hurst as one of his winemakers.
* Select wines will soon be available in 750ml.
The Zinfandel grape has been a cornerstone of the California viticulture scene since the mid-1800s, arriving on the West Coast during the California Gold Rush. Soon, Zin carved out a spot in vineyard plots from Washington all the way down to Southern California. Taste this flight and pick your winning Zin.
2009 Perry Creek Altitude 2401 Zinfandel (Fair Play Farms Vineyard, El Dorado, California)
This premium Zinfandel comes from the Fair Play Farms Vineyard, one of the top vineyards in the Sierra Foothills. The luxurious fruit flavors and wonderful complexity of this great vintage are apparent along with vibrant acidity and ripe tannins. Raspberry, strawberry, spice, pepper, and dark chocolate. Pair it with spicy dishes, barbecued steak, and Asian cuisine.
2009 Two Vintners Zinfandel (Stonetree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope, Washington)
Big, inky purple and packed with dark fruits, this is a Zin lover's Zinfandel. Exotic spices and ripe black cherry flavors define this unique Zinfandel from the dry eastern slope of Washington. Blackberry, cassis, cardamom, clove, and cherry. Pair it with a Gorgonzola cheeseburger or eggplant Parmesan.
2009 Carol Shelton Monga Zin Zinfandel (Lopez Vineyard, Cucamonga Valley, California)
This mouth-filling Zinfandel comes from the Jose Lopez Vineyard, a dry-farmed, CCOF-certified organic vineyard planted in the Cucamonga Valley in 1918. The chewy mouthfeel delivers humongous flavors of bright red fruit, fragrant spices, and milk chocolate. Pomegranate, brown sugar, caramel, and milk chocolate. Pair it with Moroccan dry-rubbed chicken or duck in a dried cherry sauce.
2010 Seghesio Zinfandel (Sonoma County, California)
This Sonoma Zin combines fruit from sites in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Grapes grown on sites that have produced Zinfandel for over a century are blended with newer sites that utilize proprietary grape clones and the most advanced viticultural practices. Spicy, lush black fruit, raspberry, and briar fruit. Pair it with red sauces, pizza, barbecue, and spicy cuisine.
2009 Truett Hurst Rattler Rock Old-Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, California)
This luscious Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel features flavors of strawberry, boysenberry, cloves, and vanilla bean. Bright and jammy in the mouth, it has a near-perfect balance of zingy acid and surprising tannins that make it a delightful dinner companion. Strawberry jam, boysenberry, clove, and vanilla bean. Pair it with grilled dishes or pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs.
2008 Eberle Zinfandel (Steinbeck & Wine-Bush Vineyards, Paso Robles, California)
This is an exquisite example of a well-balanced Zinfandel that displays elegance along with richness of fruit. It showcases the sweet briar fruit, earth, and minerality of the Steinbeck Vineyard and the jammy, peppery flavors of the Wine-Bush Vineyard. Briar fruit, gingersnaps, black cherry, raspberry, and cocoa. Pair it with smoked brisket, pepperoni pizza, and dark chocolate.