Category Archives: Zinfandel

Hendry HRW 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel


Name of wine: Hendry HRW 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel

(100% Zinfandel, Napa Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 14.9%

Grapes come from the Hendry estate 750 cases

Price paid:  $25 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I would buy this again.  Hendry is a small producer in Napa and they know their zin.  Ageworthy too.  Not as sweet fruit as the 2007 I tasted previously.  Tasted October 3, 2012.

Color:  Deep ruby and day-bright.

Nose:  Fragrant and powerful.  Jammy fruit.  Floral notes.  And green olives (picholine).

Palate:  Light bodied.  Medium tannins.  Medium acidity.  The fruit is silky jam.  Off-dry and a medium finish.  Medium+ alcohol.  Some earthiness too.

Food:  I enjoyed this one with pizza margherita from Pizzeria Delfina!

Winemaker notes:

From the Hendry Wines website.:

The production is generally small. This wine is a blend of the barrels that were not included in the Block 7&22 Zinfandel or Block 28 Zinfandel.
The alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately ten days in closed stainless steel fermentation tanks. When the wine was fermented completely dry, it was pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Aging was twelve months in French oak barrels of which approximately 10% were new, with the remaining barrels 1, 2 and 3 year old barrels from our zinfandel program.

The Napa Valley AVA is located in Napa County, California.  Even though it is best known for its cabernet sauvignon, there are some interesting zinfandel grown and produced here.

Would you try a Napa zin?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Unti 2009 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley


Name of wine: Unti 2009 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

(84% Zinfandel/10% Petit Syrah/6%Barbera, Dry Creek Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 14.8%

Grown, produced and bottled by Unti Vineyards, Healdsburg, California 1275 cases

Price paid:  $26 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Wines only need to be 75% of any 1 varietal in the US to be labelled as such.  This one is labelled “Zinfandel”, but it tastes more like an interesting red blend.  The Petit Syrah and Barbera add to the complexity here.  I recommend aeration or decanting to soften the edges a bit right now.  Tasted October 2, 2012.

Color:  Day-bright garnet, looks to be filtered

Nose:  Big berry fruit nose.  Floral perfume.  Has a high note with dried blueberries on the back end.

Palate:  Firm tannins.  It is the consistency of skim milk.  Off-dry fruit.  Medium alcohol.  Medium finish.  Medium complexity.

Food:  Pair this one with a hard cheese.  Something French or Italian?  Pair this with food that can stand up to the acidity in this wine as well.

Winemaker notes:

From the Unti Vineyards website.:

VARIETAL & VINEYARD:  This Zinfandel comes primarily from our Primitivo-clone vineyard, planted next to the winery.

Vintage/Harvest:  2009 is one of, if not the best Zinfandel vintages we have ever experienced in Dry Creek. In 2009, we had warm and dry weather in late winter and spring, followed by a cooler than normal summer. All of which resulted in moderate canopy growth and a balanced fruit set, with smaller berries and clusters.  If we could order Zin weather, this would be it.

The Dry Creek Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, California.  This is serious zinfandel country and has about 9000 acres planted.

Have you visited Dry Creek Valley?  Great zins here.

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Frogs Leap 2010 Zinfandel Napa Valley


Name of wine: 
Frogs Leap 2010 Zinfandel Napa Valley

(77.5% Zinfandel 22% Petit Sirah 0.5% Carignane, Napa Valley AVA, Napa County, California) Alcohol 13.8%

Price paid:  $13 (375 ml) Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Medium viscosity and a skim milk mouth feel.  Release Date: June 2012. Tasted September 17th, 2012.

Color:  Bright garnet and clear.

Nose:  Fruit and spice.

Palate:  Medium tannins. Medium alcohol and acidity. Short finish and medium complexity. Fruity with spicy high notes. I can taste the oak in this one.

Food:  I would most likely pair this with food that can benefit from this wines acidity. Roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce would work well.

Winemaker notes:

Frog’s Leap grows all of their grapes organically and uses organic fertilizers.  After harvest they plant cover crops in compost to help care for their soil.  They are also studying biodynamic farming too.

From the Frog’s Leap website:

A BRIEF HISTORY

Yes, we have noticed that the monster Zins of the ’70s are still in fashion. And yes, just like fashion they command monster prices based on their “big” alcohol, “big” flavors, and “big” bottles. But Frog’s Leap Zin is different: you can’t use this stuff to light your charcoal grill (find a good grill).

Maybe it’s that we found our early inspiration for Zinfandel from a different source — instead of reinventing Zinfandel, we looked to the past and the incredible Zins of the ’40s and ’50s. Those wines taught us the lessons that the old-timers knew: that field blends of Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Napa Gamay all picked at ripeness (not as raisins) added color, aromatics, and earthy complexity. In other words, the help of other varietals was needed to reveal the Zinfandel grape’s true flavors. These principles form the foundation for our wine today.

ABOUT THE WINE

Our classic “field blend” of old-vine Zinfandel, Petite sirah and Carignane continues to presents us with a rich, yet quaffable wine. Our 2010 Zinfandel welcomes you with enticing aromas of cinnamon and clove which underscore layers of brambly fruit and dried cranberries. Luscious flavors of cherry and boysenberry–laced with hints of earth and spice–delight your palate. The
resolved tannins and plush texture are balanced by a bright acidity. However, the beauty of this wine is its drinkability and with an alcohol of less than 14% you are assured a perfect partner for your backyard get-togethers..

WINEMAKERS

John Williams and Paula Moschetti

VINEYARDIST

Frank Leeds

The Napa Valley AVA is located in Napa County, California.  Zinfandel is an underrated varietal. Many still think Zinfandel = “White Zin” sweet wine, which is no longer true. Think big. bold flavours that marry well with backyard BBQ!

Did you know about red Zin? Would you try it?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com