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Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 (1x75cl)

"Another great value from Bogle, this wine is very polished and smooth. Blackberry and blueberry flavors abound on the full-bodied palate, with fine-grained tannins. There are no rough edges, just wonderful fruitiness and light salt-and-pepper spices". (Wine Enthusiast, of the 2015 vintage).

Though the Bogle family has been farming in the Clarksburg region for six generations, their involvement in the wine business spans back 50 years. In addition to passing down a strong work ethic and dedication to quality, the success of Bogle over the years is rooted in the day-to-day involvement of the Bogle family. The family takes great pride in making wines of exceptional character and quality. From vineyard to bottle, the highest standards are set, in order to create a wine that overdelivers each and every time.

For years, Bogle winemakers have sought out vines ranging in age from 60 to 80 years old for our Old Vine Zinfandel. These gnarly head-trained and dry farmed pioneers produce low yields of small, concentrated clusters of fruit, producing incredibly intense and flavorful wines.

To see an excellent tasting/information sheet from Bogle themselves, please click on the blue link below.

Bogle Zinfandel 2016 - fiche technique

91% Zinfandel, 7% Primitivo, 1% Merlot, 1% Petite Syrah.

This supple and mouth-filling vintage leads with juicy raspberry and ripe boysenberry fruit. Hints of spiced chocolate integrate well with fruit that is surprisingly luscious and silky on the palate, partnered with black pepper backbone that gives structure and weight. Flavours of toasted oak and pipe tobacco create further structure, allowing this wine to stand up to a variety of hearty fare.

ABV = 14.5%.

£15.35

De Loach Heritage Reserve California Zinfandel 2016 (1x75cl)

Note: the 'Heritage Reserve' series is often termed the 'Heritage Collection' by De Loach.

The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF and biodynamic by Demeter.

For the Heritage Reserve wines (previously the California series), De Loach combine their Russian River Valley grapes with those from selected growing regions in California to produce good value, approachable wines. Each is made and bottled at their estate facility. This Zinfandel was made from fruit grown in vineyards in the Central Coast appellations where the coastal fog and cool evenings create a good environment for extended ripening.

In 2016, California experienced very heavy rainfall in autumn. Although it partially relieved the extended drought of the region, it also caused some flood damage. Lower than normal temperatures in August allowed for a steady, gradual ripening, which produced wines with higher-than-average natural acidity and great balance.

Pre-fermentation cold soak followed by post-fermentation warm maceration took place in stainless steel tanks to extract good colour and ripe tannins. During fermentation, the cap was punched down by hand. The wine was aged in 227-litre French oak barrels.

Please click the blue link below to see a full technical/tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Heritage Reserve/California Zinfandel 2016 - fiche technique

96% Zinfandel , 4% Petite Sirah.

Dark in colour, this wine is rich with spice on both the nose and the palate. Flavours of ripe strawberry, raspberry and blackberry blend nicely with notes of blackcurrant and molasses. This wine is full bodied with soft tannins and lingering ripe flavours of pomegranate on the finish.

ABV = 13.5%.

£14.50

Dry Creek Vineyards Heritage Zinfandel 2017 (1x75cl)

Dry Creek Vineyard is one of the few remaining family-owned wineries in California. With 45 years of grape growing and winemaking experience, their efforts continue to focus on the quality of wine in the bottle. When founder David Stare started Dry Creek Vineyard, he began the winery with a single-minded effort to offer the highest quality wine possible at a reasonable price. Dave realized that the success of the winery hinged upon providing that “something special” in the bottle to keep customers coming back for more. Vineyard diversity forms the cornerstone of their winemaking philosophy. "We are driven by the desire to create a healthy and diverse ecosystem for all plants, insects and animal life, which in turn creates a better place for grapes, and at the same time results in the highest quality wines."

This wine is made using 77% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan.

To view an excellent information and tasting sheet for this wine, produced by the team at Dry Creek Vineyard, please click on the blue link below.

Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2017 - fiche technique

This vintage presents enticing aromatics of dried cranberry and boysenberry with hints of cocoa powder, nutmeg, dried sage and cedar. On the palate, brambly flavors of blackberry and black cherry come forward with bright acidity complimented by deeper notes of dark chocolate, espresso and black pepper. The tannins are silky and smooth to lend a round, rich mouthfeel. From start to finish, this remarkable wine offers refreshing acidity paired with excellent structure and a round, rich mouthfeel.

ABV = 14.8%.

£22.05

Seghesio Home Ranch Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2012 (1x75cl)

Now owned by Crimson Wine Group, who own Pine Ridge, Seghesio remains focused on its family roots with Ted Seghesio making better wines than ever before. The astonishing concentration of flavours that Seghesio achieve in their wines can be attributed to the age of the vineyards, some of which were established as far back as 1895. Italian consultant Alberto Antonini has assisted in improving the quality of their Sangiovese (which is sourced from the oldest vineyards of the variety in California) and his influence can also be seen in the ripe, juicy, approachable style of Zinfandel that has become Seghesio's hallmark.

Displaying freshness, purity of fruit, balance and elegance that can be difficult to achieve with the variety, the Seghesio Zinfandels have scooped trophies and Gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge for a number of recent years. Although best known for their reds, Seghesio also produces a delicious Arneis, another traditional Italian variety, which is sealed under Stelvin to retain its superb aromatic character.

The estate vineyard in Alexander Valley was planted in 1895 alongside the family home. The Seghesio viticultural team work the vineyard with willow switches tipping the canes to drive growth into the vine's crown, providing shade when the canes droop late in the season. Both a green harvest and a veraison thin are performed.

2012 was an easy season for growers in California with plenty of sunshine. No heat waves or heavy rain and a phenomenally large crop without compromised quality. Described by the winery as a 'Goldilocks year', it was not too hot, not too cold and had just the right amount of sun and fog. Fruit was hand-picked between the 10th of September and 23rd of October.

87% Zinfandel, 13% Durif (Petite Sirah).

100% small-lot fermentation with daily punch-downs by hand to gently extract colour and tannins. An 8-12 day maceration followed fermentation before the wine was racked to barrel and aged for 14 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 

Blackberry, raspberry and other brambly fruit characteristic of the Alexander Valley with subtle hints of oak, fresh acidity and soft, ripe fruit tannins. A signature bread crust undertone of the Home Ranch lingers on the finish.

ABV = 15.0%.

£44.55

Seghesio Home Ranch Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2013 (1x75cl)

Now owned by Crimson Wine Group, who own Pine Ridge, Seghesio remains focused on its family roots with Ted Seghesio making better wines than ever before. The astonishing concentration of flavours that Seghesio achieve in their wines can be attributed to the age of the vineyards, some of which were established as far back as 1895. Italian consultant Alberto Antonini has assisted in improving the quality of their Sangiovese (which is sourced from the oldest vineyards of the variety in California) and his influence can also be seen in the ripe, juicy, approachable style of Zinfandel that has become Seghesio's hallmark.

Displaying freshness, purity of fruit, balance and elegance that can be difficult to achieve with the variety, the Seghesio Zinfandels have scooped trophies and Gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge for a number of recent years. Although best known for their reds, Seghesio also produces a delicious Arneis, another traditional Italian variety, which is sealed under Stelvin to retain its superb aromatic character.

The estate vineyard in Alexander Valley was planted in 1895 alongside the family home. The Seghesio viticultural team work the vineyard with willow switches tipping the canes to drive growth into the vine's crown, providing shade when the canes droop late in the season. Both a green harvest and a veraison thin are performed.

The 2013 growing season began early with hardly any rainfall and few significant heat spikes. These ideal grape growing conditions produced wines with a great balance of acidity and sugar, good tannin structure, and excellent fruit flavours.

95% Zinfandel, 5% Durif (Petite Sirah).

100% small-lot fermentation with daily punch-downs by hand to gently extract colour and tannins. An 8-12 day maceration followed fermentation before the wine was racked to barrel and aged for 14 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 

Blackberry, raspberry and other brambly fruit characteristic of the Alexander Valley with subtle hints of oak, fresh acidity and soft, ripe fruit tannins. A signature bread crust undertone of the Home Ranch lingers on the finish.

ABV = 15.0%.

£45.75

Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 (1x75cl)

Now owned by Crimson Wine Group, who own Pine Ridge, Seghesio remains focused on its family roots with Ted Seghesio making better wines than ever before. The astonishing concentration of flavours that Seghesio achieve in their wines can be attributed to the age of the vineyards, some of which were established as far back as 1895. Italian consultant Alberto Antonini has assisted in improving the quality of their Sangiovese (which is sourced from the oldest vineyards of the variety in California) and his influence can also be seen in the ripe, juicy, approachable style of Zinfandel that has become Seghesio's hallmark. Displaying freshness, purity of fruit, balance and elegance that can be difficult to achieve with the variety, the Seghesio Zinfandels have scooped trophies and Gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge for a number of recent years. 

Grapes were primarily estate-grown from old head-pruned vineyards in the Dry Creek bench and the cooler southwest Alexander Valley. The average age of the vines is approximately 70 years old. Aggressive hand canopy management was maintained with a green harvest, weak shoot removal and veraison thinning performed to ensure even ripening. The older vines' devigorised root systems produce less, yet more intense, fruit highlighting Zinfandel's spicy characteristic.

2014 was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Northern California. Rain in late-March paved the way for available water through budburst, but continued warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated in an early harvest, which finished before the end of September.

100% of the grapes were fermented in small, open-top fermenters with regular punch-downs during a nine-day maceration. This was followed by malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine was barrel-aged for 14 months in French, American and European oak barrels (20% new French oak).

92% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah.

Deeply perfumed aromas of dark berries and old vine Zinfandel's woody spiciness. Layered bright fruit flavours reminiscent of a rich berry pie with a toasted crust. A vibrant acidity and balanced tannins thanks to low yields in the vineyard which continue through the long, lingering finish.

ABV = 15.0%. 

£39.40

Seghesio Zinfandel 2015 (1x75cl)

Now owned by Crimson Wine Group, who own Pine Ridge, Seghesio remains focused on its family roots with Ted Seghesio making better wines than ever before. The astonishing concentration of flavours that Seghesio achieve in their wines can be attributed to the age of the vineyards, some of which were established as far back as 1895. Italian consultant Alberto Antonini has assisted in improving the quality of their Sangiovese (which is sourced from the oldest vineyards of the variety in California) and his influence can also be seen in the ripe, juicy, approachable style of Zinfandel that has become Seghesio's hallmark. Displaying freshness, purity of fruit, balance and elegance that can be difficult to achieve with the variety, the Seghesio Zinfandels have scooped trophies and Gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge for a number of recent years. Although best known for their reds, Seghesio also produces a delicious Arneis, another traditional Italian variety, which is sealed under Stelvin to retain its superb aromatic character.

Grapes were primarily estate-grown from the Home Ranch, River Road, Lone Oak and San Lorenzo vineyards in Alexander Valley, and the Cortina vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. Aggressive hand canopy management was maintained throughout the season. Yield management techniques were employed to ensure even ripening and to keep crop loads in balance.

2015 was equal measures of good and bad weather. Drought early in the season threatened grape set and winegrowers were fearful there wouldn’t be enough water to support the vegetative cycle. But rains in February and April helped to counter this coupled with warm sunny weather during late summer and early autumn. Harvest began early in August and despite lower yields showed great aromatic and flavour potential.

During fermentation the must was divided into three parts and each was vinified in a different way. 20% of the grapes were punched-down by hand in small open-top fermenters, 60% went under pump-over fermentation in closed-top stainless steel tanks with delestage and the remaining 20% was fermented in stainless steel rotary-tank. Fermentation on the skins lasted 7-12 days. The wine was barrel aged for 9 months in 60% American oak (of which 12% was new), 40% neutral French oak and neutral Hungarian oak. 

85% Zinfandel , 9% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah/Shiraz, 3% Carignano/Carignan.

Full of the spicy, lush black fruit of the Alexander Valley. Wild raspberry and blackberry flavours emerge on the palate along with the structure of the cooler Dry Creek Valley. Balanced and elegant.

ABV = 15.0%.

£23.75

The Bulletin Zinfandel 2015 (1x75cl)

Proudly made in California, this fantastic wine is full of fruity flavours to "delight your taste buds and tickle your fancy" according to the lovely folks at Bulletin! 

100% Zinfandel.

Bulletin Zinfandel is a medium-bodied, velvety smooth red with aromas and flavours of dark fruits and hints of warm spice.

ABV = 13.5%.

£7.65

Zinphomaniac Old Vines Zinfandel 2015 (1x75cl)

This is the Zin-Phomaniac. Created by and for Zinfandel lovers who crave the arousing aromas, warm embrace and climactic finish of a fleshy, voluptuously-styled Zinfandel. Sourced from California’s best Zinfandel growing regions. Always from old vine Zinfandel. One sip and you know you’ll never get enough, say the makers.

With a temperate, Mediterranean climate and sandy loam soils, the Lodi appellation produces many outstanding wines, but is particularly renowned for its sumptuous, richly-flavored red Zinfandels. The winemaker scours this area east of the San Francisco Bay to identify vineyards and grapes that fit the Zin-Phomaniac profile. Working with a handful of older vineyards with vines between 20 and 75 years old, we fashioned a voluptuous, lavishly textured Old Vine Zinfandel that reflects the ideal climate and varied soils of this acclaimed wine growing region.

The 2015 growing season was as close to ideal as a grape grower or winemaker could hope for. Perfect weather conditions early in the year fostered a timely spring bud-break, steady flowering and even fruit set. The summer followed with a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, foggy nights, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and steadily. The Zinfandel grapes here, sourced from several Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards in some of the best appellation in Sonoma County (Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Valley, Alexander valley and Dry Creek Valley) for our Reserve Zinfandel and Lodi for our Original Zinfandel were hand-picked over a period of several weeks as each vineyard and block ripened to optimal maturity.

Appellation: Lodi, California.

Vines: 20 to 75-year old vines.

Aging: 9 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels.

100% Zinfandel.

With tempting aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and spice, Zin-Phomaniac is a complex, full-bodied wine with juicy, approachable flavors of ripe blue-purple fruit and dark semi-sweet chocolate. A kiss of vanilla and a touch of brown baking spice add depth to the long, satisfying mouth feel.

ABV = 15.0%.

£15.50
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