ZAP Simply Summer Celebration

Simply Summer Celebration

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers


Wine Regions

Explore the Wine Regions of California


How to decant a bottle of wine..

The Latest

Borra Vineyards 2011 “2:30am” Merlot

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Borra Vineyards 2011 “2:30am” Merlot Great nose full of raspberries with some cloves and spice. Oh wait.. and Cherries! Expect a spicy ride on this rascal. Definitely shows up to play from nose to finish. Yes sir, another please! • 140 cases (I just heard they have sold them all. Where did that sad face […]

Helwig 2012 Tempranillo

September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Tempranillo Smells “Big Boy” playful. White pepper, warm oak and some soft fig or brown sugar. It gets excited on your palate like it was restless in the bottle. Goes big fast. It blows up in your mouth like a mini-pepper bomb. Just when you think it might be too much or you’ll […]

Three Wine Co. 2011 Albariño

September 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Three Wine Co. 2011 Albariño I really enjoyed the nose on this guy. Interesting characteristics. I got a gentle but steely, pineapple that was delightfully crisp. After digging back in I also got warm and dusty tomato vine. It made for a nice complexity in the nose. Don’t let your nose get carried away in there or […]

2010 Dcubed Napa Valley Zinfandel

September 14th, 2014 | No Comments

2010 Dcubed Napa Valley Zinfandel Subtle raspberry, plum and oak politely greet you at the door and cordially takes you coat. A regal start. Totally balanced on the palate. Structure is well defined and elegant. I couldn’t help but think that this would be great with some meat. Then again, its not too big to just […]

Tablas Creek 2011 Espirit De Blanc

September 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Tablas Creek 2011 Espirit De Blanc A really cool, light amber or cider color to this juice. It’s full of apricot and honey notes that are delightful. The nose is so enticing, that I found it odd that the palate was ironically absent to start. Its almost as if it took a minute for my […]

Fields Family 2009 Merlot

September 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2009 Merlot Grown in Napa but made in Lodi. Talk about role reversal. The color of this guy reminds me of an aged cab. A Merlot in a Cab disguise. Currant, herbs and spice are well organized for your nose. Wonderfully big in the mouth. The tannins will invite themselves into your house […]

Bray Vineyards 2011 Syrah

September 11th, 2014 | No Comments

Bray Vineyards 2011 Syrah A darker Syrah that is dripping with a blackberries. It’s swimming with them. Keeping digging and it begins to get floral as well. It’s like someone with flowers snuck into the room behind you. A delightful sweet. Sour and snappy on the palate. A bright acidity. You will smack your tongue […]

Revolution 2012 Zinfandel

September 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Revolution 2012 Zinfandel Mint and bright red fruit. Smells sweet and playful. Initially offers some tobacco leaf that runs straight to the back of your throat. A secondary oak tone is welcomed and settles the show. The tannins are tight and give you quite the squeeze. The squeeze leaves your mouth wet while those rascally tannins […]

Amador Cellars 2011 Sangiovese

September 9th, 2014 | No Comments

Amador Cellars 2011 Sangiovese Vibrant, bright red fruit with hints of cinnamon and earth. The nose is great. Plenty of balance. A few folks in the tasting room called this guy zippy. So let’s go with that. Although, once I started playing with it, a zipper kept coming to mind. I know… sounds wacky but give […]

Heritage Oak 2013 Chenin Blanc

September 8th, 2014 | No Comments

Heritage Oak 2013 Chenin Blanc White peach and maybe a hint of strawberry. It smells really good on this warm late summer afternoon. A very pleasing tart start twangs your tongue to get the juices flowing. Some oak and melon jump into the action which gives it some depth. Soft acids strum with quite a […]