ZINFANDEL

Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. DNA fingerprinting has revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenac, as well as to the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in Apulia (the "heel" of Italy), where it was introduced in the 18th century. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, where it became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel". The grapes typically produce a robust red wine. The grape's high sugar content can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 percent. The taste of the red wine depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas and in wines made from the earlier-ripening Primitivo clone.

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  1. ANCIENT PEAKS 2017 ZINFANDEL PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_211210
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    We have been looking for a delicious Zinfandel at this price point for some time, and we think we've found a winner! Ancient Peaks sits in the Paso Robles appellation, 22 miles south of the city of Paso Robles and just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here, the surrounding peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range act as a gateway between the ocean-cooled environs below the grade and the warmer climes above the grade. When the days heat up in the areas north and east of Margarita Vineyard, the air rises to create a vacuum that pulls marine breezes and fog inland over the peaks, and right through the vineyard. This means the fruit gets ripe, without any "off" flavors, yet the cooling afternoon breezes help the resulting wine to retain freshness and acidity.

    Ancient Peaks' 2017 Zinfandel presents bright boysenberry aromas with hints of sandalwood and vanilla. A juicy, jammy texture is loaded with generous flavors of wild raspberry, black cherry, plum, mocha and cedar. Spicy black pepper notes join mouthwatering acidity on a beautifully balanced finish.
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  2. CHRONIC CELLARS 2017 PROPRIETARY RED "PURPLE PARADISE" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_219600
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winery Notes: "79% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 6% Syrah, 4% Grenache. Lucky boxcars with this Zinfandel-dominated blend, which tumbles out on the tongue with dark cherries, fresh, ripe strawberries, a double dip of chocolate and vanilla, and the cool grip of moto jacket (aka leather). Paradise awaits. "
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  3. FIELD RECORDINGS 2017 PROPRIETARY RED "FICTION" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_221500
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Mounds of shaved coconut and dark chocolate covered in cranberry and blood orange relish paired with a box of black licorice and a stick of Big Red gum.
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  4. HEROE 2017 PRIMITIVO PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_231030
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This robust, enthusiastic estate wine is 100% Primitivo. While rustic on the nose, its palate is juicy and plump, offering baked blackberry, chocolate and smoky-oaky flavors. It's all around charming and expansive on the palate, with nimble touches of smoke, black cherry and even eucalyptus. Seasoned throughout is an established layer of black pepper and cinnamon that keeps it fresh and spicy. It's obviously a wine ready to drink upon release but will be a hit for many years to come; it will reach its peak in 2025.
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  5. MADDALENA 2016 ZINFANDEL PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_239080
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Bright dark garnet black color. Rich, fruity, jammy peppery earthy aromas of black raspberry jam, black plums, gravel, and black pepper with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak.
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  6. OPOLO 2017 ZINFANDEL "MOUNTAIN" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_248040
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Extremely dense, jammy, and full-bodied, Opolo's Mountain Zinfandel is not for the faint of heart. This is a massive Zin, with Raspberry Jam and Mocha aromatics, and a big rich structure.
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  7. OPOLO 2017 ZINFANDEL "SUMMIT CREEK" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_248090
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    In just a matter of a few years, owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols have made Opolo one of the shining stars of Paso Robles' "Westside". Their forward, fruit driven, consumer friendly wines (and awesome tasting room staff) combine to make this spot a "must see" on any wine lover's trip to this ever-evolving region.

    Harvested from their vineyards located in the Adelaide range of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the resulting grapes are of exceptional quality due to their enviable growing condition of warm days balanced by cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean. They were fermented in open top bins (not tanks), and aged in American oak, the preferred barrels for Zinfandel, for 10 months.

    What does this all mean? It means that when you taste this black/garnet wine, your mouth is awash in big bold fruit flavors that feature ripe black cherries, raspberries, currants and spices. Its soft tannins, balanced acidity, and sexy profile will easily satisfy the Zin Beast in everyone!
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  8. PAYDIRT 2017 PROPRIETARY RED "GOING FOR BROKE" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_249060
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Patrick McNeil found Paydirt in the western hillsides of Paso Robles and in winemaker McPrice Myers. Patrick and McPrice focus on the cooler sites of Paso Robles, where California's greatest daily shift in temperature and limestone-rich soils provide the ideal environment for extremely rich and balanced zinfandels.

    A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 6% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 3% Mourvedre, and 3% Petite Sirah, the nose is filled with ripe blackberries, plum, sweet tobacco, dark chocolate, and cranberry relish. The palate is densely packed with ripe berries, brown spice, sweet Cuban coffee, and chalky minerality. The finish is persistent, layered and vibrant, with a nice touch of spice.
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  9. RIDGE 2017 ZINFANDEL PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_254650
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  10. SEXTANT 2016 ZINFANDEL "WHEELHOUSE" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_276740
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    With fruit sourced from their RBZ Vineyard, Sextant's Zinfandel was blended with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo. Fermented in Stainless Steel and aged 10 months in New and Neutral French Oak barrels.

    Vintage after vintage, the Sextant Wheelhouse Zinfandel reveals itself with grace and potency. Delectable cherries flow freely on the mid-palate as plums, blackberries, and cranberries jostle on the back-palate. Inklings of smoky cedar, black olives, and spicy sage join the profile as well. It is bold and keen with flavors, but yet so balanced in structure. The acidity is poised and the tannins are finely integrated giving way to an unrelenting, enduring, and monumental finish.
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  11. STEPHEN ROSS 2016 ZINFANDEL "DANTE DUSI" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_255280
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is an elegant style of Zinfandel with up front aromas of cranberry, cherry, fresh cigar, chocolate and a subtle smokiness. On the mouth, note the impeccable balance between the use of French oak barrels 20% whole cluster fermentation, and great acidity. It finishes with silky, youthful tannins.
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  12. TOBIN JAMES 2015 ZINFANDEL "JAMES GANG RESERVE" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: i_276638
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Deep, dark, intense, ruby color. Rich fruit berry aroma with spice. Intense raspberry and black cherry with a thick velvety texture. Full and jammy, with hints of spice and pepper on the finish.
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