This is a new brand from Hess, and a very good wine. The winemaker calls it a field blend, meaning it may or may not be Zinfandel. It doesn’t taste entirely like Zin. There are blueberries and cherries in there along with the brambly, peppery stuff. The wine is claret-style, meaning it’s balanced and harmonious despite 15.5% alcohol.
This is a brand from Hess Collection that specializes in Zinfandel. Crafted by Hess’ talented winemaker, Randle Johnson, it’s quite a good Zin, classic in its way, briary and brambly and spicy. Drinks deep and long in wild berry, pepper, licorice, Dr. Pepper and smoky flavors, and will be great with a steak.
A fine Zinfandel, rich and briary, with wild forest flavors of black and blue berries, Asian spices, tangerine zest and smoky sandalwood. Full-bodied and dry, it’s nice now and for the next few years.
Here’s a deeply flavored, lusty young Zin that really shows off the variety’s briary personality, even though it hails from three different counties. Very rich in blackberries, mulberries and currants, it’s enormously spicy. Thoroughly enjoyable with barbecue and Mexican fare, like beef tacos.
Zin specialist Artezin gets into the Petite Sirah game with this enormously ripe, fruity wine. Shows a modern, cult interpretation of the variety, with blackberry jam, licorice, candied violet, mocha and pepper spice flavors wrapped into huge, but very finely ground, tannins.
High on the deliciousness-factor, this shows soft, seemingly sweet flavors of raspberry, cinnamon, smoky butter, sugar cookie and vanilla. It’s a little one-dimensional, but that dimension is a nice one. Drink now.
This is a concentrated, leathery Petite Sirah, with gobs of milk chocolate, mellowed tannins and decent depth. With a back layer of peppery spice, it’s ready to drink now. An everyday wine that’ll pair well with meaty dishes covered in sauce.