Posts Tagged ‘Mendocino County’

2012 Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County

We at Wine Lines Online must confess – we have a soft spot for the intense, complex, black pepper-laced, briary blackberry Zinfandels of Mendocino County. One of the oldest producers in the area is Edmeades Winery. This rendition is a liquid ruby… Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson Zinfandel, Vintner’s Reserve, Mendocino County

Transparent light ruby color. A wisp of briariness leads to ample jammy red berry fruit, notes of cedar and clove, and a sweet flowery note. On the palate, the red picks up more spice notes, showing powdery tannins at the end. The spicy red fruit… Read more

2012 Artezin Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Translucent ruby color with streaks of violet. The wine offers up varietal scents of pectin, paraffin, light pepper, pie spices, and briary red and black berry fruit. These same Zinny flavors are echoed on the palate. This is a balanced Zinfandel… Read more

2011 Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Translucent light ruby color. Sweet scents of fleshy dark fruits play nicely off of piquant pectin, aromatic clove, loam, and a note of tobacco. In the mouth, the sweet and spicy fruits pick up a black licorice streak. The red is smooth through to… Read more

2011 Dashe Cellars ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ Zinfandel, McFadden Farm, Potter Valley, Mendocino County

Dried apricot and mild spice in the nose, leading to white pepper and strawberry flavors and a nice, lingering finish. This wine is supple, goes down easy. Perfect with a California barbecue chicken pizza. MSRP: $24 (November 2012) Wine Lines… Read more

2011 Dashe Cellars ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ Zinfandel, Heart Arrow Vineyard, Mendocino County

Nearly transparent ruby red color. A bright nose full of red cherry and strawberry, an inobtrusive whiff of barnyard, a little dash of pepper. This would be a fun wine to open up at your next party — nothing more than a loaf of bread and a chunk… Read more

2010 Bonterra Merlot, Mendocino County

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Pretty aromas of cherry liqueur play off of toasty, spicy oak shadings. The wine is medium-bodied and smooth in the mouth, picking up some milk chocolate toward the finish. It’s not Petrus but, at this price point,… Read more

2010 Bonterra Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Nearly transparent garnet color. Aromas of black pepper, raspberry and plum lead to sweet red fruit on the palate, where fine but drying tannins shorten the finish. Try with smoked tri-tip. MSRP: $15.99 (October 2012) Wine Lines rating:… Read more

2011 Bonterra Chardonnay, Mendocino County

This winery is one of the original Certified Organic grape growers in California. This bottling sports aromas and flavors of vanilla cream, apple, pineapple and citrus blossom. There is a pleasant sweet-tart juiciness at the end that invites the… Read more

2009 Artezin Petite Sirah, Mendocino County, Garzini Ranch

Deep purple-plum color. Peppery aromas of game meat, fleshy black cherry, blackberry, and menthol lead to sweet, creamy blackberry fruit with licorice stick and notes of milk chocolate. There are lots of fine-grained tannins at the end. MSRP: $36… Read more