Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County 2013
Dark and slightly earthy with blackberry fruit on the fresh nose which shows a little bit of spice, a hint of black pepper and a suggestion of dried herb. Nicely focused on entry with an attractive, slightly earthy bramble berry palate that leads to a briary finish with lingering sweet raspberry/cherry tone. 88ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County
Dark and slightly earthy with blackberry fruit on the fresh nose which shows a little bit of spice, a hint of black pepper and a suggestion of dried herb. Nicely focused on entry with an attractive, slightly earthy bramble berry palate that leads to a briary finish with lingering sweet raspberry/cherry tone. 88pts
Four and a half glasses
Three and a half glasses
A little bit of bite...mostly dark fruit and spice. A little rougher around the edges than most zins but certainly a crowd pleaser. Would buy again.
Another excellent wine from Hess. Easy to drink. Black fruit with definite notes of black pepper.
rocks once again.
Subtle red fruit, slightly tart and earthy. Strong cherry, vanilla and light spices fall off the tongue as slight dryness creeps in on the finish. It is not all that acidic, and is somewhat flabby. Easy to drink but not wholly indicative of a typical Zin. The vanilla and cherry come to predominate on the finish. Id say its more a $12 bottle than $15.
External Reviews for Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County
In 1978, Donald Hess founded the Hess Collection Winery on the volcanic slopes of Mount Veeder, 2,000 feet above the Napa Valley and defined a whole new approach to winemaking. Along with its mountain vineyards, the winery has won acclaim for its other estate vineyards in the Northeast and Southern ends of the Napa Valley and has been recognised as a premium producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Currently, 85 of the estate's 310 sustainably-farmed acres of vineyards are organically farmed and they are now in process of converting the remainder of the estate to organic farming. Grapes : 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah Region : USA / California/ Mendocino Maker : David Guffy Notes : The colour is bright crimson red with a violet hue. The aroma is very bright, showing fresh raspberrry, boysenberry and pomegranate fruit, followed by classic "zinny" spice of nutmeg, cinnamon and back pepper. The fruit and spice continues on the palate, which is again fresh with hints of blueberry and huckleberry. The texture is round and rich for easy drinking and the tannins add to the lush mouthfeel. Serve : This wine was created for immediate enjoyment and pairs well with grilled meats, pasta and semi-firm cheeses such as an aged cheddar. ABV : 14.5%
A lively version, with appealing raspberry and fresh sage flavors. The tannins give the finish focus and lift. Drink now through 2017.
A rustic, spice-driven style with firm tannins and robust fruit flavors. Drink this with grilled meats or heavy mushroom dishes.
Rustic in the best sense, this has the deep, resinous herb scent that’s made Mendocino famous. The tannins lend grit to the palate, along with layers of flavor that fill the mouth completely even as the wine coasts along. Decant a bottle while you marinate a butterflied leg of lamb for the grill.
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.
A zesty Zinfandel that's loaded with spice, offering aromas of dark cherry and licorice that lead to lively plum, toasty sage and anise flavors. Finishes with ripe, briary tannins. Drink now through 2017.
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 doesnrsquo;t taste entirely like Zin. There are blueberries and cherries in there along with the brambly, peppery stuff. The wine is claret-style, meaning itrsquo;s balanced and harmonious despite 15.5% alcohol.
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