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Berryessa Gap Zinfandel Yolo County 2005

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Rather pale color, smells explosively alcoholic yet light and fragrant, quite volatile, with a nice cocoa and earth edge to the golden raspberry fruit with a very fresh, estery note and some chalky notes – Packed with sweet fruit upfront and a touch of nori, really bright fruit here with some RS backing it up, melon rind and herb notes add complexity and freshness, it burns a bit but still has a crispness that is appealing. A fruit bomb for those not interested in fruit bombs though it is decidedly defective yet strangely appealing with a long finish with cutting acids and small stiff tannins. Weird shit but I still find it intriguing 87pts

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Berryessa Gap Vineyards:
Over 30 years ago Ernest (Ernie) Peninou founded a root stock nursery in Winters. Ernie, who lived in San Francisco, partnered with local grower Dan Martinez to grow and sell root stock to wineries in neighboring Napa and Sonoma County. In 2000, Daniel R. Martinez, son of Dan Martinez Sr., and Santiago Moreno, long-time foreman for Martinez Orchards partnered to plant vines and form Berryessa ... Read more
Over 30 years ago Ernest (Ernie) Peninou founded a root stock nursery in Winters. Ernie, who lived in San Francisco, partnered with local grower Dan Martinez to grow and sell root stock to wineries in neighboring Napa and Sonoma County. In 2000, Daniel R. Martinez, son of Dan Martinez Sr., and Santiago Moreno, long-time foreman for Martinez Orchards partnered to plant vines and form Berryessa Gap Vineyards. They were joined by winemaker Mike Anderson, nephew of Ernie Peninou. Dan, Santiago and Mike Anderson have been friends since the early 1970’s. They were all involved in the nursery business founded by Ernie who deserves indirect credit for the birth of our winery. Today the nursery is operated as Martinez Orchards. The nursery allowed Dan, Mike and Santiago to experiment and make home wines from many grape varieties. What Berryessa Gap serves and sells now is their favorites. Experiments continue and as time goes on there might be more grape varietals grown and more wines to try! Read less

Editorial Reviews for Berryessa Gap Zinfandel Yolo County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,217
3.50 5
04/06/2009

Rather pale color, smells explosively alcoholic yet light and fragrant, quite volatile, with a nice cocoa and earth edge to the golden raspberry fruit with a very fresh, estery note and some chalky notes – Packed with sweet fruit upfront and a touch of nori, really bright fruit here with some RS backing it up, melon rind and herb notes add complexity and freshness, it burns a bit but still has a crispness that is appealing. A fruit bomb for those not interested in fruit bombs though it is decidedly defective yet strangely appealing with a long finish with cutting acids and small stiff tannins. Weird shit but I still find it intriguing 87pts

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Snooth User: ekw590
127408348
2.50 5
04/04/2009

Reserved candy berry, rose, and bell pepper notes on the nose. The wine is initially smooth in the mouth but lacking bright acidity, black tea fruit; it has a hot, woody finish.


3.00 5
12/29/2009

Jammy, spicy, fruitbomb of a nose. Flavors are a bit drier than the aromas would suggest. It's a bit rustic, with some dark chocolate and raspberry notes, definitely has some heat and a lingering finish.


Snooth User: solomania9
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4.00 5
12/29/2009

Great nose of toasted cedar. Medium bodied with a tight raspberry core and dry fall leaves on the palate. Good structure throughout and finishes with a long toasty semi-sweet jamminess. To me it combines some nice elements of a Pinot and a Zin. It's growing on me.



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