Wine Guerrilla

Wine Guerrilla: Defender of Old Vine Zinfandel

 


Wine Guerilla is a specialist operation run by Bruce Patch, who is intent on sourcing great fruit from some of Sonoma’s best vineyard sites to create wines that are true to their origins and that express the intensity and richness that Zinfandel is famous for.

The wines are made at the Coffaro Winery and benefit from the decades of experience that the winemaking team of David Coffaro, Bruce Patch and Matt Wilson bring to the sorting table. Wine Guerrilla’s style is to try and capture the forward fruit Zinfandel is famous for without obscuring the subtle character that each vineyard contributes.

2007: A Vintage of Strength and Distinction

2007 was a Zinfandel lovers vintage with brilliant wines coming from much of California, but nowhere were the wines as strong as in Sonoma County. The cooler growing season produced wines with lower alcohol and slightly higher acids than usual. A winning combination.

2007 Sonoma County Zinfandel 14.6%

Just lovely in the mouth, bright wild berry fruits are nicely red and have that slight vegetal/floral edge adding complexity and snap to the cranberry fruit on the backend that leads to a refreshing, transparent finish. This is delicious.

The Dry Creek Valley is Famous for Zinfandel

One of the greatest sources for old vine Zinfandel in California,  Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is famous for its distinct black fruits and gentle spice tones.

2007 Goat Trek Vineyards Block 6 Dry Creek Valley Zinfadnel 15.5%

Almost seamless with the acid and tannins just poking through the tobacco tinged black plum and blackberry toned fruit. There’s a nice richness to the wine with it’s slightly chewy texture and a slightly creamy, mocha tinged quality on the back end that leads to a dark, muscular feeling finish.

The Russian River Valley, not just great Pinot

With it's extended growing season, the Russian river valley is well known for rich, plush boysenberry fruited Zinfandels. A dollop of Petite Sirah can add some spice and structure helping to support all of that fruit.

2007 Forchini Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel 15.4%
Bright and chewy in the mouth with a slinky, silky feel. Lovely balance and texture to this wine with an earthy core of boysenberry and wild blackberry fruit that leads to a spicy, earthy, slightly licorice tinged finish that features a return of the sweet/sour elements of the fruit, yet with a peppery finale.

These are wines that are intended to be enjoyed and shared among friends. All of the wines are finished in screwtops, insuring easy access to the juice in the bottle, whether at home or away The labels are sure to catch the eye, which might be a story in and of itself. In fact they were. There were news storied written about the labels before the wines had even been released!

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Comments

  • I'm curious why the zinfandel reviews of late have not included any zins from Amador County.

    Sep 16, 2009 at 2:25 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 222,083

    We recently reviewed a nice selection of wines from the Sierra Foothills which you can see here:

    http://blog.snooth.com/2009/07/31/s...

    I am a fan of Amador county and look forward to trying many 2007s as they find their way into our tastings here at Snooth but it was time to turn out attention to over regions.

    Keep reading for more note on more Amador Zins in the not too distant future.

    Do you have any favorites you want to share with us?

    Sep 16, 2009 at 4:41 PM


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