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Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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Editorial Reviews for Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 05/28/2014

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


Member Reviews for Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.40 5
Vintage: 2012 05/28/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: gntop1
1327591,140
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 08/24/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: connie7899
439221,502
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 09/13/2013

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.


Snooth User: Eric Tinch
1008308238
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/31/2012

Another excellent wine from Hess. Easy to drink. Black fruit with definite notes of black pepper.


Snooth User: Nemoshopper
6088508
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/12/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: whiterabbit
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/08/2009

rocks once again.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 02/10/2010

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.


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External Reviews for Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County

External Review
Vintage: 2014 06/19/2017

The vision behind Artezin is to honor the art of making Zinfandel from old vine plantings and work with family owned farms throughout Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. Artezin wines have been handcrafted by winemaker Randle Johnson since the brands its inception in 2002 and reflect the tradition of Zinfandel winemaking that has been handed down throughout the generations. Mendocino’s Mediterranean climate produces warmer days providing optimal ripening conditions. Cool evenings extend the growing season, helping Artezin Zinfandel retain balanced acidity and good structure. This 2013 is a blend of 85% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignan aged in French and American oak for 15 months. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made this as Editors' Choice and scored it 92 points. They said "Wow” is the first word that comes to mind when tasting this superconcentrated and immensely fruity wine. It practically overwhelms the nose and the palate with ripe, jammy boysenberry and blackberry, sprinkled with licorice and black-pepper nuances that add attractive complexity. It's a big wine all the way, but not extreme in alcohol."


External Review
Vintage: 2013 06/02/2013

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%


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

A lively version, with appealing raspberry and fresh sage flavors. The tannins give the finish focus and lift. Drink now through 2017.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

A rustic, spice-driven style with firm tannins and robust fruit flavors. Drink this with grilled meats or heavy mushroom dishes.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/27/2013

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/27/2013

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.


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