Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate Grown 2002

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This is classic styled old vine - dry and structured with nice layers of spicy peppery taste.

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Ballentine Vineyards:
Ballentine Vineyards focuses on red varietals; Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Each vineyard supports our belief that it is vital to grow only those varieties that are best suited to particular aspects of the land; soil, exposure and climate. The grapes used for our wines are all 100% estate grown on 100 acres, from three distinct vineyards in the Napa Valley. Van Ballentine personally manages each vineyard.

Member Reviews for Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate Grown

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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
03/20/2007

Outstanding zin with complex aromas of flowers, black fruits, and spice which are also present in the flavors. Serious bang for the buck, with lots of complexity.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
03/20/2007

Beatufiul color. Aromas of black and blue fruits, with flavors of cranberry and cracked black pepper. Excellent value.


0.00 5
03/23/2009

This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Gold Series selection. Old Vine Zinfandel is a hard animal to track in Napa Valley. Almost extinct, with the abundance of Cabernet Sauvignon populating the idyllic vineyards of the valley, this intense colored, silky natured Old Vines Zinfandel from Ballentine Vineyards is a rare find that maintains an exceptional sense of varietal focus with great extraction of complex fruit flavors. The 2002 Zinfandel earned 89 Points from Wine Enthusiast magazine as well as 4 Silver Medals from various wine competitions across the country. Deep reddish black in color, the wine first gives the impressions of raspberry, black cherry, blueberry and red apple with mild berry notes and spicy floral aromas of black pepper and fresh rose petals. The Zinfandel’s full-bodied structure is supple and silky with a jammy intensity on the palate, blending flavors of cherries and cranberries. The complexity of the rose petals, spices and sweet vanilla round out the wine and lead into a flavorful finish with intensified, lingering fruit nuances. Try pairing the Ballentine 2002 Old Vines Zinfandel with grilled steak, lamb, and lasagna. 83% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 7% Petit Syrah. Aged 14 months in oak. Enjoy now until 2012.


0.00 5
11/21/2008

This is a Gold Medal Wine Club-Gold Series selection from November '08. Old Vine Zinfandel is a hard animal to track in Napa Valley. Almost extinct, with the abundance of Cabernet Sauvignon populating the idyllic vineyards of the valley, this intense colored, silky natured Old Vines Zinfandel from Ballentine Vineyards is a rare find that maintains an exceptional sense of varietal focus with great extraction of complex fruit flavors. The 2002 Zinfandel earned 89 Points from Wine Enthusiast magazine as well as 4 Silver Medals from various wine competitions across the country. Deep reddish black in color, the wine first gives the impressions of raspberry, black cherry, blueberry and red apple with mild berry notes and spicy floral aromas of black pepper and fresh rose petals. The Zinfandel’s full-bodied structure is supple and silky with a jammy intensity on the palate, blending flavors of cherries and cranberries. The complexity of the rose petals, spices and sweet vanilla round out the wine and lead into a flavorful finish with intensified, lingering fruit nuances. Try pairing the Ballentine 2002 Old Vines Zinfandel with grilled steak, lamb, and lasagna. 83% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 7% Petit Syrah. Aged 14 months in oak. Enjoy now until 2012. Go to http://www.goldmedalwine.com/newsletters/gold_series/newsletter_140.php for more info about the winery and to get pairing recipes.


External Reviews for Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate Grown

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
10/07/2009

We were very excited when we found this Zinfandel. This winery takes care to find a true expression of the grape variety, using careful practices in both the cellar and the vineyard. Richly textured fruit and good balance abound in this wonderfully priced California Zin. Well done!


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/25/2008

We're excited to add this new Zinfandel to our collection. This winery takes care to find a true expression of the grape variety, using careful practices in both the cellar and vineyard. Richly textured fruit and good balance abound in this wonderfully priced Cali Zin. Well done.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

We're very excited to add this new Zinfandel to our collection. This winery gives thought to find a true expression of the varietal while using careful practices in both the cellar and vineyard. Richly textured fruit and good balance abounds in this wonderfully-priced Cali Zin. Well done.



This is classic styled old vine - dry and structured with nice layers of spicy peppery taste.

Dietary Information: Organic


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