Zinfandel: The Family Tree

Croatia, Macedonia, Italy, New Hampshire, Sonoma: the pilgrimage of this amazing grape is a story worth tasting. Way back in 2018. we spent a day with Ravenswood’s winemaker Gary Sitton. He & our fearless leader went through the viticulture program at UC...

Ottimino 2009 Zinfandel, Rancho Bello Vineyard

Ottimino was established in 1999 by Brad Alper and William Knuttel.  Their first bottling was from the Ranch Bello vineyard.  This is  Alper’s winery in many ways, but Knuttel is the name that makes this project very interesting. William Knuttel was the...

Rosenblum Cellars 2010 “Harris Kratka” Zinfandel

No matter it’s pedigree, [link id=”1407″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Zinfandel “]is big, dumb and fun.  I don’t mean that in a pejorative way. There should  always be a place for fun. This is the wine for unsophicated meals. I...

Passitivo 2010 Primitivo, Puglia (Italy)

Judging wines isn’t a linear job.  It’s not really about grading all wines as a spectrum of quality. We don’t judge a Red Zinfandel from Russian River next to a bottle of Lafite Rothschild. They may get the same 90-point rating, but that...

Peachy Canyon 2008 Westside Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a huge AVA, with over a half million acres of vines. Huge wineries like  J. Lohr, Treana, and Meridian dominate the region. However in the cooler hills on the westside of Paso, there are smaller treasures. Wineries like Tablas Creek Vineyard Terry Hoage...