Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

New Releases from Wonderment Wines

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own. Wonderment Wines produces Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc.

Stephanie recently sent me some of her new wines to try.

2018 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard – Purple in color. 14.5% ABV. Heady nose of black fruits, anise and white pepper. Full bodied with tremendous acidity. Plush, fruit forward and modern in style. Blackberry, spiced plums, cocoa and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and supple. Big Zinfandel that is approachable now but will surely benefit from several years in the cellar. $60 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

2018 Wonderment Wines Old Vine Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard – Crimson in color. 15.5% ABV. Charming nose of red fruits, citrus and flowers. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Rich and tangy with notable balance. Cherry, blackberry, plums and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Delicious Zinfandel from an ancient Lake County vineyard. Best over the next 2-3 years. $42 at the winery and retail. My rating: 93 points.

2018 Wonderment Wines Old Vine Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Dark crimson in color. 15.5% ABV. Sublime nose of red fruits, peach and anise. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity and balance. The structure and power here is impressive. Blackberry, raspberry compote, blood orange and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Delightful Zinfandel that will surely drink well for another 3-5 years. $50 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.

I get samples from wineries frequently. With that in mind the set from Wonderment is always something I look forward to.

Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

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