Zinfandel

2013 Black Ink Red Blend

The 2013 Black Ink Red is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and Zinfandel sourced from more than one California grape growing Ava. When 85% of the grapes in the bottle come from one AVA (such as Napa, Lodi, Paso Robles, etc..), then you will see that AVA shown on the front label. If none…

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Old Soul Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The Old Soul Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Merlot sourced from Oak Ridge estate vineyards in the Lodi AVA of  California’s Central Valley. To be a single varietal wine, the grape shown on the label must make up a minimum of 75% of the wine. Old Soul is one of Oak Ridge…

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Old Soul Pure Red 2013

The Old Soul Pure Red 2013 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah sourced from Oak Ridge Winery vineyards in Lodi, California. Oak Ridge is the oldest winery in Lodi, they started in the 1930s as a co-op and is currently run by the Maggio and Reynolds family who have 5 generations…

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Old Soul Pinot Noir 2014

The Old Soul Pinot Noir 2014 is Pinot Noir with Zinfandel and Merlot blended in, sourced from vineyards in the Lodi AVA at the northern end of the Central Valley Region of Northern California. Lodi is located east of the San Francisco Bay, south and east of Napa. The temperature can be very warm during…

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Coppola Director’s Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012

The Coppola Director’s Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012 is 80% Zinfandel and 20% Petite Sirah sourced from vineyards with 40 to 80 year vines located in the Dry Creek Valley AVA inside Sonoma County in Northern California. Dry Creek Valley is 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean which gives the region cool evenings and…

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Avalon CAB California Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The Avalon CAB California Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot sourced from vineyards located in Napa Valley (the largest % of the grapes come from Napa), Lodi, Paso Robles and Monterey County in Northern California. This Cab was aged for 8 months in French and American oak…

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Josh Cellars Legacy Red 2012

The Josh Cellars Legacy Red 2012 is a blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah sourced from vineyards thru-out California, but mainly in the Central Coast, Lodi, Sonoma and Napa.  Josh Cellars is the second line of wines from Joseph Carr Wines and is named in tribute to Joseph Carr’s dad, also a Joseph,…

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OZV Lodi Zinfandel 2012

The OZV Lodi ZInfandel 2012, OZV stands for Old ZInfandel Vines, is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah sourced from 50 to 120 year old ZInfandel vines located in the Lodi AVA, east and a little south of Napa. The OZV Zinfandel is produced by Oak Ridge Winery, started in 1934 as a wine co-op and…

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Renwood Amador County Zinfandel 2011

The Renwood Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 is 90% Zinfandel, 5% Primitivo (an Italian twin of the Zinfandel grape), 3% Syrah and 2% Barbera sourced from Renwood Estate vineyards and other old vine vineyards in Amador County. Amador County is located east of the Lodi AVA in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern California. Amador…

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Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011

The Four Vines Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011 is 82% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache and 4 % Primitivo (Primitivo is a twin of the Zinfandel grape) sourced from two vineyards in the westside of the Paso Robles AVA inside the larger Central Coast AVA of California. This Zin was aged in oak barrels and has an…

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Sphere Lodi Zinfandel 2012

  The Sphere Lodi Zinfandel 2012 is a Trader Joe’s $5.99 exclusive. TJ’s says the grapes came “from a premium winemaker’s vineyards in Lodi“, which makes the Sphere an estate grown, single AVA, 6 buck California wine, that is something you do not see very often. There is a top-notch Lodi winery that produces a…

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Four Vines Truant Zinfandel 2011

  The 2011 Four Vines Truant Old Vine Zinfandel is 90% Zinfandel, 7% Barbera and 3% Petite Sirah sourced mainly from the Lodi, Paso Robles and Mendocino AVA’s. Here is a brief run down on “old vine” Zinfandel in California, it was first planted by Italian immigrant farmers in the late 1800s as a taste…

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PoiZin California Zinfandel 2012

The 2012 PoiZin California Zinfandel is 75% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah and 6% Grenache sourced from more than one California grape growing AVA. There are actually 2 different PoiZin bottlings, this one, sourced from California vineyards, which has the black skull and crossbones on the label (should sell for a little over $10) and the…

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Bonny Doon Contra 2011

The 2011 Bonny Doon Contra is a blend of 56% Carignane, 28% Mourvedre, 9% Grenache, 6% Syrah and 1% Zinfandel sourced mainly (85%) from two 100+ year old vineyards located in Contra Costa County (suburbs of San Francisco) along with grapes from Arroyo Seco, San Luis Obispo, Monterey County and Santa Maria inside California’s Central Coast….

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Smoking Loon Red Loonatic

The Smoking Loon Red Loonatic Red Wine Blend is a non-vintage mix of 28% Syrah, 20% Alicante Bouschet, 15% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel, 7% Tannat, 6% Sangiovese, 6% Touriga Nacional, 6% Tempranillo and 2% Pinot Noir sourced from several California grape growing AVA’s, but primarily the Lodi AVA. Smoking Loon is one of Don Sebastiani…

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VINTJS Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012

The 2012 VINTJS Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is a $7.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive. Dry Creek Valley is one of Sonoma’s sub–AVA’s and they have been growing Zinfandel here since the 1880s and many of these old Zinfandel vineyards are still in operation, often still owned by the original families. Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel tend to…

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HandCraft Inspiration Red 2011

The 2011 HandCraft Inspiration Red Wine is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese (basically the greatest hits of value priced Red wine) sourced from vineyards located in more than one California grape growing AVA (a good portion was from Lodi). HandCraft is one of Delicato Family Vineyards labels (Gnarly Head, Twisted, etc),…

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Murphy-Goode Homefront Red 2011

The 2011 Murphy-Goode Homefront Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and a little Merlot sourced from vineyards in more than one California grape growing AVA. This blend is aged in French and American oak barrels and the alcohol content is 13.5%. That is a summery of the technical details for this Red…

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VINTJS Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2011

The 2011 VINTJS Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is a $7.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive, made for them by Delicato Family Vineyards . A 3rd generation, family owned winery that has been involved in Lodi wine since 1924, they also produced Gnarly Head Zinfandel and Brazin Zinfandel, along with many other wines. The Lodi AVA is northeast of…

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Renwood Amador County Old Vines Zinfandel 2010

The 2010 Renwood Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel is 92.5% Zinfandel, 5.8% Syrah and 1.7% Souzoa (a grape originally from Portugal and it is one of the grapes used to make Port) sourced from vineyards in Amador County, California. Renwood, which has been making wines since 1993, has a line of single vineyard Amador County Zinfandels…

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Trader Joe’s Coastal Zinfandel 2012

The 2012 Trader Joe’s Coastal Zinfandel is a $4.99 TJ’s exclusive, sourced from grapes grown in California’s Central Coast AVA and produced by Castoro Cellars. Castoro Cellars is a family owned winery located in the Paso Robles AVA, they have been in business since 1983 and produce their own line of Estate grown wines. The…

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BV Coastal Estates Red Blend 2010

The 2010 BV Coastal Estates Red Blend is produced from Zinfandel grown in the Lodi AVA, Barbera and Merlot from adjacent vineyards in the Paso Robles AVA and the Petite Sirah from the Lake County AVA. BV stands for Beaulieu Vineyards which was founded in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley in 1900, though BV…

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Grifone Primitivo 2012

The 2012 Grifone Primitivo is a $3.99 Trader Joe’s import exclusive, sourced from old vine vineyards in Puglia (the heel of boot) of Italy. Primitivo from Puglia and Zinfandel from California are the exact same grape, just different names and different soil and growing conditions, so they won’t taste exactly the same. The Primitivo/Zinfandel grape…

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Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2010

The 2010 Gnarly Head Authentic Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Syrah sourced from the vineyards of long term contract growers in Lodi, California. The 2010 vintage provided a long, cool growing season, which is ideal for developing complex. fully ripe grapes. The Zinfandel portion of the blend was…

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Menage a Trois Red 2011

The 2011 Menage a Trois California Red is a blend of 46% Zinfandel, 36% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards in more than one California grape growing AVA. Menage a Trois is produced by Folie A Deux Winery, who is in turn part of the Trinchero Family Estates line of wines that include…

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