Zinfandelic - News & Press

"With a label that reminds us of the Cow Palace’s rock concert posters from the 1960s, this sumptuous red comes through with a surge of flavor."
- Meridith May, The Tasting Panel

2017 Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Zinfandel
2020 Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel
90 Points - Wilfred Wong
2016 Mendocino Zinfandel - 91 Points
2016 Mendocino Zinfandel
91 Points
2012 Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel - 92 points
2012 Lodi Zinfandel
92 Points

2020 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel

2020 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 90 Points

90 Points

- Wilfred Wong, August 2022
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91 Points - Meridith May, The Tasting Panel

91 Points

"With a label that reminds us of the Cow Palace’s rock concert posters from the 1960s, this sumptuous red comes through with a surge of flavor. The black and blue fruit are showy and sweetened by their inherent ripeness. Acidity is bright and tannins are plush. Crafted from some vines that go back to the 19th century, this is truly a nod to the love power from its psychedelic era design."
- Meridith May, The Tasting Panel
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90 Points, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

90 Points, Editors' Choice

"A classic structure and good depth of flavor bring rich fruit and an appetizing texture to the fore in this full-bodied wine. Hints of vanilla and cedar lead to ripe black-cherry and plum flavors, while light, peppery, earthy accents keep it interesting"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2020
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2017 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel

2017 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 93 Points, Gold Medal

93 Points, Gold Medal

- Sommelier Challenge, 2019
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91 Points - Meridith May, The Tasting Panel

91 Points

"With a label that reminds us of the Cow Palace’s rock concert posters from the 1960s, this sumptuous red comes through with a surge of flavor. The black and blue fruit are showy and sweetened by their inherent ripeness. Acidity is bright and tannins are plush. Crafted from some vines that go back to the 19th century, this is truly a nod to the love power from its psychedelic era design."
- Meridith May, The Tasting Panel
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90 Points, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

90 Points, Editors' Choice

"A classic structure and good depth of flavor bring rich fruit and an appetizing texture to the fore in this full-bodied wine. Hints of vanilla and cedar lead to ripe black-cherry and plum flavors, while light, peppery, earthy accents keep it interesting"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2020
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2018 Lodi Zinfandel

90 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

90 points

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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90 points, Gold Medal, Sommelier Challenge

90 points, Gold Medal

- Sommelier Challenge
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89 points, Silver Medal, Beverage Testing Institute

89 Points

"Violet color. Roasted, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry bonbons, strawberry shrub, and watermelon with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of cherry custard, pepper sauce, and cedar. A rich, dry zinfandel with a comforting, warming finish."
- Beverage Testing Institute


2016 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel

2016 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 94 Points, Platinum Medal

94 Points, Platinum Medal

- Critics Challenge, 2018
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2016 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 92 Points, Gold Medal

92 Points, Gold Medal

- OC Wine Society, 2018


2016 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - Silver Medal

Silver Medal

- San Diego Wine Competition, 2018


2016 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - Silver Medal

Silver Medal

- Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, 2018


2016 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - Silver Medal

Silver Medal

- Great American Wine Competition, 2018


2016 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 89 Points

89 Points, Strong Recommendation

"The nose is of juicy strawberries sprinkled with cayenne pepper. A pleasant note of red cherry and a slight minty character comes through on the palate adding complexity and lightness. A great wine for a BBQ."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2018


2016 Mendocino Zinfandel

2016 Mendocino Zinfandel - 91 Points

91 Points

This big but plush wine is deep in color, rich in blackberry aromas and saturated with ripe jammy flavors that spread across the palate and cling to the sides of the mouth. It is full bodied, very concentrated and has a ripeness that leaves a fruity sensation on the finish.
- Wine Enthusiast, 2018
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2016 Mendocino Zinfandel - Silver Medal

Silver Medal

- San Diego Wine Competition, 2018


2016 Mendocino Zinfandel - Silver Medal

Silver Medal

- Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, 2018


2016 Mendocino Zinfandel - 89 Points

89 Points, Silver Medal, Highly Recommended

"Bright black violet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled berries, polished furniture, patent leather, green bell pepper, and green peppercorn with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length dried mint finish with harsh tannins and moderate oak. A big, zesty Zinfandel; give this one some time to open up."
- Beverage Testing Institute, November 2017


2012 Lodi Zinfandel

2012 Lodi Zinfandel - 92 Points, Gold Medal, Best Buy

92 Points, Gold Medal, Best Buy

"Garnet color. Rich aromas or raspberry compote, vanilla nut fudge, and a mint with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, cherry tart, peppery spice, and cedar finish. A fun, flavorful, and very well balanced zin for all occasions."
- Beverage Testing Institute, May 2014
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2012 Lodi Zinfandel - Gold Medal

Gold Medal

- American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition, 2013


2014 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel

2014 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 90 Points, Excellent

90 Points, Excellent

"Red licorice, fruitcake, and spice aromas create an invitingly bombastic nose. In true zinfandel form, there are lush, juicy flavors of raisins, loganberries, and walnut throughout the palate that are emboldened by a hint of baking spice. Plush and friendly with a purpose. Highly Recommended."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2014


2014 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - Highly Recommended

Silver Medal, Highly Recommended

"Deep purple color. Faint aromas and flavors of nuts and dried berries with a satiny, tart, dryish medium body and a breezy cranberry, dusty spices, and cedar bark finish with cottony tannins and heavy oak. A tart, tannic, and tight zin for the table; give this time"
- Beverage Testing Institute, June 2016


2014 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - Highly Recommended

Silver Medal

- San Diego Wine Competition, 2016


2012 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel

2012 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 90 Points

90 Points

"Medium red, garnet color; ripe, red berry fruit aroma, sharp and bright; raspberry flavors, zippy and alive; pleasing aftertaste. Smooth, fresh and easy-to-enjoy. Delicious now."
- Wilfred Wong, March 2015


2012 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - 89 Points, Very Good

89 Points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation

"Red brick/garnet color. Raspberry jam, boysenberry aromas are ripe, earthy, jammy, fresh, spicy. Taste profile features the drier, tarter side of the berry fruit as the flavor comes off tannic, bittersweet, slightly tight. Finishes medium long, tobacco-like, leafy."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2014


2012 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel - Silver Medal

Silver Medal

- Winemaker Challenge, 2014