Redwood Creek Zinfandel

Redwood Creek ZinfandelSummer is quickly approaching, and that means grilling season.  And grilling season means it’s time for zinfandel.  While summer is a fantastic time to try some cool, crisp colorless wines, if you’re looking for a wine to go with your burgers from the grill, then it’s zinfandel you should be grabbing.  I’m not talking about that sickeningly sweet colorless zinfandel, I’m talking about red, bold, spicy zinfandel.  To get you ready for the season, I’m going to present a number of zinfandel reviews over the next link weeks.
This one from Redwook Creek is a bargain-priced Lod zin, at only $8.00.  I don’t have a whole lot of tale to go in the rear this wine.  It’s an E&J Gallo brand — one of many. Read more

Affordable California Zinfandel Review – 25 Under $20

Affordable California Zinfandel Review – 25 Under $20The series on California Zinfandel is complete—finally—and here is the summary of 25 Zinfandels below $20.  Zinfandel tends to be a like it or despise it variety, and those that like it find themselves paying more and more for it lately.  Yes, the better Zinfandels are ticking upward with their prices.  So, we thought it would be excellent to find where the values can subdue be found.
Top Zin – Edmeades Mendocino County Read more

Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel

Cellar No. 8 ZinfandelI was really looking forward to tiresome the Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel because of the fact that the Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon was my top pick in my series on Cabs.  I was hoping to find another fantastic value wine here, but unfortunately this tasting leaves me searching.
At first, the nose didn’t strike me as distinctly zinfandel.  It was was mostly smoky and subtle.  Given a chance to open up the zin characteristics started to come through — raspberry, blackberry, cedar and pepper.  The palate also didn’t strike me as a predictable California Zinfandel.  This is much more earthy and subtle than I expected.  It is subdue quite fruity, but not quite what you would expect from a zin.  The tonality of the flavors is what I would described as lower mid-range.  Read the section in this post on the musicality of wine to be with you what I mean by lower mid-range.  There is not a lot of complexity but some blackberry, raspberry and a excellent bit of chocolate on the palate.  There’s not much spice.  The mouth feel is awesome, very silky.
I gave this wine a score of 82.  While there are some enjoyable aspects to this wine but the numbers just didn’t add up to a fantastic score.  It lost some points on varietal character, lack of intensity and lack of complexity.
Wine: Cellar No. 8
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2005
Alcohol: 14.6%
Rating: 82
Fee Paid: $9.99

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Graffigna Centenario Cabernet Sauvignon

Graffigna Centenario Cabernet SauvignonGraffigna Wines is part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio of brands, although it has a rich description as a family-owned winery going back to 1870.
The Centenario line of wines was added in 1970, marking the centennial anniversary of the winery (in case you didn’t figure out the translation.)  And while many consumers are just excited about malbec from Argentina, this wine proves that Argentine cabernet sauvignon is something to get excited about too. Read more

Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon

The folks at Asti Winery in Sonoma, CA did a nice job on the 2005 Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon. 
Cellar No. 8 is named after a cellar in the Asti Winery in Sonoma  County, California, which was founded by Italian immigrant Andrea Sbarboro in the early 1880′s.  Sbarboro named the winery after the Asti province in Northern Italy and incorporated Italian winemaking methods in the winery.  The winery was before long bought by Beringer, which was subsequently bought by the Foster’s Group from Australia.
Currently small-to-no marketing in the rear the Cellar No. 8 brand.  At least I haven’t come across any.  So I’m not sure what Foster’s is plotting for this brand.  The only current online promotion is on the Foster’s corporate site.
While they figure out how they want to market this brand, I’ll just delight in it.
The Cellar No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 shows tobacco, Bing cherries, leather and a hint of strawberry on the nose.  There’s a nice presence of fruit, but it’s not a fruit bomb.  Cherries, blackberries and plum are well blended on the palate.  It’s very well balanced.  The end is silky smooth with a bit of pepper.
I gave it a 90 and bought some more to delight in. 
Wine: Cellar No. 8
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2005
Alcohol: 13% 
Rating: 90
Fee Paid: $9.99

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