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2005 Minassian-Young Zinfandel***
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Paso Robles, CA $20 @ the Winery 2/19/08
A deep ruby, medium-bodied wine with a nose of bright red fruits and a hint of smoke. After a bit of air, the palate was smooth and lush filled with blueberry, blackberry and cherry flavors with notes of dark chocolate and tobacco on the lingering finish. Full of flavor but still elegant and well-balanced. A wonderful example at a very good price. Haven't enjoyed a Zin this much in a long time.

OTHER RATINGS: Wine Enthusiast: 90

2005 Peter Franus Zinfandel***
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Napa Valley, CA $23 Private Tasting 3/14/08
Medium ruby in color, it offers a deep, rich, heady nose. On the palate sweet spices emerge, dominated by black cherry and raspberry with a hint of white pepper, rose petal and toasty oak. Lush and round, the medium acidity keeps the wine lively and balanced. Already nicely integrated, this is a complex and classy version of Zin that's ready to go now, but has enough bite to age a bit longer, though at this price point there's no reason to wait. Probably won't get much better and will only lose the ripe flavors that make it so yummy.

2005 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel***
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Sonoma, CA $34 @ Mission Wines 4/19/08
A bright ruby-purple colored wine with a powerful nose filled with brambly berries, black cherry, herbs and spice. The palate has good structure and intensity with the same flavors promised on the nose along with more spice and oak on the finish. The addition of 17% Petite Sirah gives this wine more oomph and tannins than many Zins which goes a long way on the palate. Very good now, this wine still has the backbone to age and smooth out even further.

2005 Turley Old Vines Zinfandel***
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Sonoma, CA $65 Gift 04/30/08
A ruby-purple colored wine with typical zin aromas of brambly berries, cherries, sweet spice and pepper on the nose. Medium-bodied on the palate with ripe tannins, good acidity and the same flavors as the nose with a notes of oak and cocoa on the medium-length finish. Though the wine has over 15% alcohol you'd never know it. Well-integrated and quite elegant for a Zin. Not as great as I anticipated for the price, but a lovely wine none-the-less.

2004 Four Vines "Maverick" Amador County Zinfandel***
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Paso Robles, CA $24 @ the Winery 12/8/07
A medium-bodied, deep ruby colored wine with bright, ripe red fruits on the nose. The palate is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. More elegant and restrained than many zins. Better as the wine opened. Shows the elegance the Sierra Foothills are known for when it comes to this varietal.

2004 Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel**
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Paso Robles, CA $19 @ the Winery 10/13/07
It shows nice earth tones with black pepper and spice along with notes of cherries, strawberries and blueberries. This wine has a velvet texture on the palate with a bit of minerality on the finish. Drink now before the fruit is all gone.

2004 Thacher Winery "Je T'aime Vineyard" Zinfandel**
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Paso Robles, CA $29 @ the Winery 4/14/09
A deep ruby-colored wine with aromas of brambly red fruit, earth and sweet spice that carry over onto the smooth, medium-bodied palate. The flavors are dominated by black raspberry and cherry with notes of candy, prune and a bit of cooked fruit and spice on the finish. Well-balanced and restrained for a Paso Zin that comes in at 15.2% apv. I was hoping for more complexity for the price, but still a good first effort that delivers a true varietal experience.

2003 Adelaida Cellars Zinfandel***
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Paso Robles, CA $26 @ the Winery 7/1/10
A medium, garnet-colored wine with a moderate nose, for a Zin, filled with bramble fruits, earth, tobacco and spice box. The palate is medium-bodied, round and smooth with low tannins and acidity. The flavors are more subtle and balanced than most Zins, especially from Paso, with the savory aspects of cedar, white pepper and earth taking center stage with the fruit – blackberry, raspberry, cherry – showing through on the lengthy finish. The wine was aged for 23 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new, which tempers the outright ripeness and gives the wine a depth most Zins lack. Usually, like to drink my Zins within 2-3 years of the vintage date, before the fruit dies and the alcohol takes over, but at only 14.9% abv this one is actually drinking quite well, is still well-balanced and showing great complexity. Great QPR.

2003 Four Vines Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel**
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Paso Robles, CA $33 @ the Winery 9/24/07
Was not as bright and ripe as when initially tasted at the winery (12/05). Had a clear nose of red raspberry and spice. The palate showed muted red, dried fruits and some minerality. The finish was also fairly short for a zin. Ususlly love wines from Dusi and clearly liked this one enough to spend $30+. Should have drunk sooner.

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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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