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The Week in Zinfandel (9/26/22)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2019 Rodney Strong Zinfandel Old Vines. Zinfandel Chronicles reviews the 2016 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel. Kerry Winslow reviews the 2018 Ravenswood, Old Vine Zinfandel,…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Alberto Rafanelli, an Italian immigrant, first founded A. Rafanelli Winery in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that Alberto’s son, Americo, came out with the present day label and started selling the wine commercially. David and Patty Rafanelli now run the winery and a 4th generation Rafanelli, their daughter Shelly, is the winemaker. The winery is perhaps…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Once & Future Zinfandel Oakley Road Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Joel Peterson founded Ravenswood Winery in 1976 with a focus on Single Vineyard Zinfandel. Ravenswood was immensely successful and over time began producing in excess of a million cases per year. Once & Future is the return to the original vision Joel had for Ravenswood so many years ago – a small project specializing in wines from unique older vineyards. At present…

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Mancini Ranch
Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (9/19/22)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Ken’s Wine Guide writes Winemaker Interview Series – Joel Peterson from Once & Future Wines. Ridge Wine Blog writes Field Blends and Pre-Industrial Winemaking at Ridge. Bites, Flights…

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The Week in Zinfandel (9/12/22)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Dan Berger writes To Age or Drink? John Holland writes Fred Franzia, Wine Leader and Two Buck Chuck Creator, Dies. Stephen McConnell reviews the 2014 2014 ONE BARREL…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2015 Turley Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards. Turley now makes right around 50 separate wines from 47 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and…

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The Week in Zinfandel (9/5/22)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Esther Mobely writes Winemaking in a California Heatwave: “It’s a Roll of the Dice”. Ridge Wine Blog writes The Barrel Puzzle. Kerry Winslow reviews the 2020 Turley Zinfandel…

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