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Ghost Pines

Ghost Pines
2016 Winemaker’s Blend, Zinfandel, San Joaquin County-Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Zinfandel

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20

Ghost Pines
2016 Winemaker’s Blend, Zinfandel, San Joaquin County-Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Zinfandel

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Aromas of oat muffin with raspberry, zucchini blossom, red cassis, dark chocolate, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length licorice, raspberry coulis, golden raisin, and geranium finish with moderate oak flavor. A nicely concentrated, luscious Zinfandel.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & New World
Aroma Aroma: oat muffin with raspberry, zucchini blossom, red cassis, dark chocolate, and black tea
Taste Flavor: licorice, raspberry coulis, golden raisin, and geranium
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Slow Roasted Brisket, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely concentrated, luscious Zinfandel.

The Producer or Importer

E&J Gallo Winery

The Producer or  Importer
600 Yosemite Blvd
Modesto, CA 95353
USA
1 209-341-3111

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88 Carnivor 2016 Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $16.00.
89 Columbia Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.00.
88 Columbia Winery 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Columbia Winery 2016 Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $14.00.
89 Columbia Winery 2016 Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $14.00.
85 Columbia Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $14.00.
88 Columbia Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
85 Columbia Winery 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
85 Columbia Winery 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $14.00.
89 Dark Horse 2016 Rosé, California 13.8% (USA) $9.99.
87 Dark Horse NV Big Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Dark Horse 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Dark Horse 2016 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Dark Horse 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
91 Dark Horse 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13% (USA) $9.99.
BR Dark Horse 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 13.2% (USA) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Dark Horse 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
BR Dark Horse 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
88 Dark Horse NV Big Red Blend 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Dark Horse 2016 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
BR Dark Horse 2017 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Dark Horse 2016 Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $9.99.
89 Dark Horse 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
89 Dark Horse 2016 Limited Release, Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $8.99.
87 Don Miguel Gascón 2015 Malbec, Mendoza 13.9% (Argentina) $15.00.
BR Don Miguel Gascón 2016 Malbec, Mendoza 12.5% (Argentina) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
86 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Merlot, Central Coast 13.8% (USA) $15.00.
88 Edna Valley Vineyard 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast 13.1% (USA) $14.00.
89 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $14.00.
87 Edna Valley Vineyard 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 13.1% (USA) $14.00.
86 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Merlot, Central Coast 13.8% (USA) $15.00.
85 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $17.00.
90 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $17.00.
86 Edna Valley Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay, Central Coast 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
87 Familia Camarena Añejo Tequila 40% (Mexico) $29.99.
90 Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $19.00.
85 Familia Camarena Blanco Tequila 40% (Mexico) $17.00.
BR Fleur de Mer 2017 Rosé, Côtes de Provence 13% (France) $.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Frei Brothers 2015 Sonoma Reserve, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.7% (USA) $20.00.
94 Frei Brothers 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $27.00.
87 Frei Brothers 2015 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.7% (USA) $20.00.
BR Gallo Family Vineyards NV Moscato, California 9% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Merlot, California 13% (USA) $4.99.
85 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Red Moscato, California 9% (USA) $4.99.
BR Gallo Family Vineyards NV Pink Moscato Dessert Wine, California 10% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Merlot, California 13% (USA) $4.99.
86 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Berry, California 9% (USA) $4.99.
BR Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Pineapple, California 9% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
90 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Peach, California 9% (USA) $4.99.
86 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Apple, California 9% (USA) $4.99.
BR Gallo Family Vineyards 2016 Merlot, California 13% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Moscato, California 9% (USA) $4.99.
BR Gallo Family Vineyards NV Merlot, California 13% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Gallo Family Vineyards NV Red Moscato, California 9% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Pink Moscato, California 9% (USA) $4.99.
85 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Pineapple , California 9.0% (USA) $4.99.
BR Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Berry, California 9.0% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Peach, California 9.0% (USA) $4.99.
86 Gallo Family Vineyards NV Sweet Apple, California 9.0% (USA) $4.99.
91 Gallo Signature Series 2016 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 15.9% (USA) $50.00.
91 Ghost Pines 2016 Winemaker’s Blend, Zinfandel, San Joaquin County-Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
86 High Noon Sun Sips Black Cherry RTD 4.5% (US) $9.99.
BR High Noon Sun Sips Grapefruit RTD 4.5% (US) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
91 High Noon Sun Sips Pineapple RTD 4.5% (US) $9.99.
92 High Noon Sun Sips Watermelon RTD 4.5% (US) $9.99.
89 J Vineyards Table 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $30.00.
88 Jermann 2016 Pinot Grigio, Venezia Giulia IGT 13% (Italy) $30.00.
93 Jermann 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Venezia Giulia IGT 13% (Italy) $30.00.
88 Jermann 2016 Pinot Grigio, Venezia Giulia IGT 13% (Italy) $30.00.
93 Jermann 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Venezia Giulia IGT 13% (Italy) $30.00.
89 La Marca NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $18.00.
86 La Marca NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $18.00.
88 La Marca NV Collezione, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $20.00.
89 La Marca NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $18.00.
85 Liberty Creek NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California 12% (USA) $6.99.
87 Liberty Creek NV Chardonnay, California 12% (USA) $6.99.
88 Liberty Creek NV Pinot Grigio, California 11.5% (USA) $6.99.
85 Louis M. Martini 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $38.00.
89 Louis M. Martini 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 15% (USA) $34.00.
94 Louis M. Martini 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 15.1% (USA) $38.00.
86 Martín Códax 2016 Albarino, Rias Baixas 13% (Spain) $15.00.
85 Martín Códax 2016 Albarino, Rias Baixas 13% (Spain) $15.00.
85 Mirassou Sun 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $12.00.
93 Mount Peak 2015 Rattlesnake, Zinfandel, Sonoma County 15.5% (USA) $48.00.
85 New Amsterdam Apple Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00.
BR New Amsterdam Lemon Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR New Amsterdam Peach Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR New Amsterdam Pineapple Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR New Amsterdam Raspberry Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
87 New Amsterdam Mango Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00.
BR New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
90 New Amsterdam Coconut Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00.
85 New Amsterdam Orange Vodka 35% (USA) $15.00.
91 New Amsterdam Vodka 40% (USA) $15.00.
90 New Amsterdam Vodka 50% (USA) $15.00.
86 New Amsterdam Stratusphere Gin 40% (US) $15.00.
94 Pieropan 2016 Soave Classico 12% (Italy) $20.99.
90 Prophecy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
85 Prophecy 2017 Rosé, France 12% (France) $14.00.
92 Prophecy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
85 Prophecy 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
86 Prophecy 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.9% (USA) $14.00.
90 Prophecy 2015 Red Blend, American 13.8% (USA) $14.00.
89 Prophecy 2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT 12.5% (Italy) $14.00.
85 RumHaven Coconut Flavored Rum 21% (Carribean) $11.99.
87 Starborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $17.00.
86 Starborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $17.00.
87 The Naked Grape NV Pinot Grigio, California 12.84% (USA) $19.96.
85 The Naked Grape NV Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.96.
85 The Naked Grape NV Moscato, California 8.5% (USA) $19.96.
86 The Naked Grape NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $19.96.
85 The Naked Grape NV Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $19.96.
87 The Naked Grape NV Harvest Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $19.96.
BR The Naked Grape NV Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
91 The Naked Grape NV Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
BR The Naked Grape NV Pinot Grigio, California 12.84% (USA) $19.99. - Bronze Medal
89 The Naked Grape NV Moscato, California 8.5% (USA) $19.99.
85 The Naked Grape NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $19.99.
89 The Naked Grape NV Merlot, California 13% (USA) $19.99.
86 The Naked Grape NV Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
85 The Naked Grape NV Pinot Grigio, California 12.84% (USA) $4.99.
BR The Naked Grape NV Moscato, California 8.5% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
86 The Naked Grape NV Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $4.99.
BR The Naked Grape NV Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
88 The Naked Grape NV Moscato, California 8.5% (USA) $6.99.
BR The Naked Grape NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California 12% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
BR The Naked Grape NV Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
85 The Naked Grape NV Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $4.99.
BR The Naked Grape NV Moscato, California 8% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
BR The Naked Grape NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California 12% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
85 The Naked Grape NV Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $4.99.
89 The Naked Grape NV Harvest Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $4.99.
87 The Naked Grape NV Merlot, California 12% (USA) $4.99.
87 Trestoria 2017 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $6.99.
92 Trestoria 2018 Rosé, California 13% (USA) $5.99.
BR Vin Vault NV Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Vin Vault NV Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $4.99. - Bronze Medal
93 Whitehaven 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $20.00.
89 Whitehaven 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $20.00.
88 Whitehaven 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $20.99.
88 William Hill 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 William Hill 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 15% (USA) $45.00.
91 William Hill 2015 Benchland Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 15% (USA) $60.00.
BR William Hill 2016 Merlot, Central Coast 14.1% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
89 William Hill 2016 Coastal Collection, Chardonnay, North Coast 13.8% (USA) $17.00.
89 William Hill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $27.00.

Zinfandel

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Zinfandel first came to American shores by way of the Schonbrunn collection which contained all the wine varietals grown in the Austrian empire. The earliest mention of Zinfandel, by name, in America was a vine nursery in Long Island in the 1820s. It made its way to California in the gold rush and thrived because of its hearty constitution and vigorous yields. Many a prospector had a little vineyard of Zinfandel and washed away their sorrows in their purple cups.

Zinfandel is California’s pride and joy, a zesty, spicy, alcoholic (often 15% or more) wine that fits in well with the frontier spirit of the Golden State. The grape is believed to be related to one or more varieties in Croatia, while in the southern Italian region of Puglia, Zinfandel is a name sometimes given to the Primitivo grape.

While there are excellent plantings of Zinfandel in may California regions, the districts of Lodi and Contra Costa County are very famous for this grape, especially as there are numerous “old vine” plantings that are often more than one hundred years of age. These vines produce tiny quantities, but the resulting wines are intensely spicy and brambly. Zinfandel has a good deal of natural tannin, so these wines can age well, as long as the winemaker can find the proper balance, not always an easy thing. Zinfandels from Ridge Vineyards, a celebrated producer in Santa Cruz County, are among the longest-lived and most refined examples.

Recommended foods for Zinfandel are grilled or barbecued meats, wild game and stews – the heartier, the better. White Zinfandel, not to be confused with Zinfandel (red) is a blush wine, generally lighter-bodied with moderate sweetness.

For a hundred years, zinfandel was the king of California reds. In 1884 it accounted for 40 percent of all the state's grape vines, but the grand old vineyards fell victim to modern economics and changing trends.

Luckily, a small band of dedicated producers, coupled with a near-fanatical cult following, have continued to hold out. Against all odds, the pendulum just might be poised to swing back.

So just what is it about these old vineyards that is helping to put zinfandel back on the map? The consensus seems to be that a vineyard reaches a qualitative peak between 25 and 50 years old. Because of prohibition, there are relatively few old vineyards in California. Of the state's 350,000 acres of vinifera, fewer than three percent are over 50 years old. The vast majority of these are devoted to zinfandel. While the percentage of cabernet vineyards exceeding even 25 years of age is minute, it is quite possible to sample the fruits of a fully mature zinfandel vineyard, often at half the price.

In addition, old vineyards inherently produce less fruit. This factor provides a natural limit on the vine's tendency to overproduce. Though a problem if quantity is the ultimate goal, it is an essential factor in the production of high-quality wines. With the price of cabernet rising so precipitously in the last few years, it has once again become economical for vintners to produce wine from shy-yielding old zinfandel vineyards; winemakers are scouring the state looking for the odd parcel of vines. Also, vintners have learned how well some of the old methods of pruning and farming have worked, and are seeking to apply these principles in new plantings.

Paul Draper, winemaker and CEO of Ridge Vineyards, summed up zinfandel's appeal best: "Zinfandel has so much forward fruit that it's sensual to drink right away. Its appeal is immediate, whereas cabernet needs time to develop. You can have a very sensual experience with cabernet, but you can have a comparable experience with young zinfandel--which is why, in a restaurant, I'd be more likely to order a zinfandel than a cabernet."