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Michael-David Zinfandel Rage 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - Another Zinfandel, the 2013 Zinfandel Rage from Dry Creek Valley, is a slightly larger cuvée of 830 cases. This wine reveals sweet...
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Pedroncelli Zinfandel Bushnell Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - The more limited production, outstanding 2012 Zinfandel Bushnell Vineyard has everything found in the Mother Clone, but is slightly...
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Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Sleek and zesty, with floral raspberry and sage aromas, featuring structured, briary flavors of cherry, dried anise and white pepper....
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Ridge Lytton Springs 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the...
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Sbragia Family Zinfandel Ginos Vineyard 2011 750ml

Rated 90 - (includes 10% carignan and 5% petite sirah): Good bright, deep red. Aromatic nose combines strawberry, spices and lavender. Nicely...

California Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
The precise origins of what became known as the Zinfandel grape variety are uncertain, although it has clear genetic equivalents in both Puglia and Croatia. However, when it was brought to the New World in the mid 19th century, it became known as the Zinfandel, and has been consistently popular and widely grown ever since. These very dark and very round grapes have a remarkably high sugar content, resulting in relatively high levels of alcohol in the wines they are made into, with bottles often displaying as much as fifteen percent. What makes the Zinfandel such an interesting grape, though, is the fact that the flavors produced by this varietal vary considerably depending on the climate they are grown in. In cooler valley regions, the Zinfandel grapes result in wines which hold strong flavors of tart and sweet fruits; raspberry, redcurrant and sweet cherry, held in a very smooth and silky liquid. Conversely, warmer regions result in more complex and spicy notes, including anise, pepper and hedgerow berries.