- Steele Zin Pacini Vineyard Mendocino Cty 2010 - Glass $8/Bottle $18.95
- Renwood Zin Amador County Old Vines 2010 - Glass $8/ Bottle $17.95
- Rock Wall Zin Jesse's Vineyard Contra Costa 2011 - Glass $9/Bottle $21.95
- Lido Bay Zin Monterey Mercenary Series 2010 - Glass $10/Bottle $23.95
- Seghesio Zinfandel - Glass $10/Bottle $23.95
Jed Steele has been making wine for over 40 years, and for 25 of which he has been crafting Zinfandels from grapes grown in the Pacini Vineyards. The old vines there (70 years) and the cooler growing climate of Mendocino County, combine to give this wine a bit more depth and structure than Zinfandels sourced from warmer California regions. Peppery undertones, lush berries and cocoa all fit in the profile of the wine, a great combination with BBQ of any kind!
Amador County is synonomous with Zinfandel, with over 2000 acres of the grape planted in the region. Renwood winery was one of the first to put the region on the map for high quality wines. A much warmer climate, compared to regions closer to the ocean, gives the wines a more intense raspberry fruit character, yet with a lighter body. This 2010 Zinfandel is a great representation of the area's bold fruit, ripe tannins and velvety mouth feel. Another great wine for the cool evenings by the fire!
Rock Wall Winery is located in an old navy hangar in Alameda in the San Francisco Bay area, the product of Kent and Shauna Rosenblum, Kent's daughter. For over 25 years, Kent Rosenblum has been making wine from small vineyards throughout California and has garnered a reputation as one of the best Zinfandel producers in the state. After selling Rosenblum and now on his own with his daughter, they continue the tradition, sourcing fruit from 124 year old Zinfandel vines in Contra Costa County. The winery calls the wine a "big, bad-ass Zin" and we respectfully agree!
The Central Coast region of California produces many outstanding Zinfandels, though not many are sourced from Monterey County. Lido Bay, a small winery that produces wine exclusively from the Central Coast, blended Monterey County Zinfandel (75%) with 5% each of Cabernet, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Tempranillo to create this "Mercenary Series" Zinfandel. A unique blend that showcases Zin, but adds some richness and complexity.
Seghesio is consistently considered one of the finest producers of California Zinfandel, with fruit sourced from their own vineyards in the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. The Dry Creek region of Sonoma is known for balanced and more structured Zinfandels, and with this wine we would dare add the adjective elegant. A bit more tannins with spicy and lush fruit, this wine can stand up to almost anything, even your significant other's mother.