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Four Vines Biker Zinfandel California Subregion 2006

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2006 "The Biker" Zinfandel, Paso Robles The Dusi and Preston Zin vineyards, with their rocky, calcareous soils, grow low yield vines, producing fruit of intense concentration. A splash of Mourvedre lends an extra kick in the mid-palate. The Biker has blackberry, anise spice and vanilla on the nose. Rich, black fruit and spice, lingering to a silky vanilla oak finish. Biker rocks!

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Four Vines Winery:
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began ... Read more
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began planning for bigger things. Then there were TWO. In 1994, Christian partnered with SUSAN A. MAHLER, a brainy and beautiful scientist and pilot, whom he nicknamed “SAM.” Armed with a degree in Earth Science, SAM took an immediate interest in vineyards. Together they created Four Vines Winery featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak “Naked” Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. They relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form, as in the rogue Rhone blend “Anarchy.” Now there are THREE. Christian and SAM worked harder than ever to grow their winery to 14,000 cases, but they needed someone to help share the load. They connected with an old friend from Christian’s childhood, BILL GRANT, a successful entrepreneur and financier. Bill joined Four Vines as an advisor and financier in 2002 and joined the partnership in 2004, growing to approximately 40,000 cases and introducing new wines named Heretic and Phoenix. Bill travels across the country, turning on new audiences to the Four Vines Incident. Makers of fleshy, seductive wines for aficionados and hedonists alike, Four Vines brings a refreshing, playfully irreverent attitude to the industry. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Four Vines Biker Zinfandel California Subregion

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,924
4.50 5
09/03/2009

Quinine and treebark emerge first from the glass giving this a curiously earthy and biter edge though the rich mulberry and plum tones slowly gain the upper hand though a bitter edge remains recalling a bit or burnt brownie. Certainly smells powerful and complex. This is pretty big in the mouth with a lot of power, furry tannins, and yet it retains freshening acidity. There are masses of dark, slightly confected fruit with touches of molasses, mocha and spice helping to frame the fruit and give the wine a bit of form. The finish is hot, rich and of decent length but this is really mostly about the power. 90pts


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Snooth User: Diderot
104965104
3.50 5
05/27/2009

This is a sleek and tasty Zinfandel that is almost sweet with dark fruit. It is an excellent example of a youthful but ripe Zin, without any old vine flavors or raisiny notes. Not large, jammy or overblown, it is refreshing and clean, nicely balanced, medium-bodied, with a silky finish (as noted above) and a hint of oak. It does improve from being allowed to breathe a bit. There is more than a liquid involved: I am not sure how to describe those wines that carry the flavors of the aromas into one's mouth, where they seem to open up and add an entirely new dimension. This is definitely a wine that does that. I enjoyed it with grilled buffalo steak and morel mushrooms sauteed in butter with cream and fresh basil, then again a couple of nights later with a ribeye, grilled scallions, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes with fresh thyme and oregano.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
09/02/2009

Dark sultry spicy ketchup nose. Gritty and refined in the mouth. Complex and enjoyable.


Snooth User: winenectar
13734770
4.00 5
09/08/2009

Out standing Zinfandel.


Snooth User: amcdavid
26153560
5.00 5
10/21/2009

I love this red wine. Wonderful balance and no harsh aftertaste.


Snooth User: 0ldmriguy
14678051
4.50 5
11/20/2009

Great, big zinfandel lots of fruit and spice although the 2007 is even better.


Snooth User: luluchica
68972948
5.00 5
12/21/2010

Big Zin! Love this wine.


Snooth User: josephbutar
65644439
4.50 5
03/26/2011

Yumm. Bold flavor. Hints of cheese and berries.


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2006 "The Biker" Zinfandel, Paso Robles The Dusi and Preston Zin vineyards, with their rocky, calcareous soils, grow low yield vines, producing fruit of intense concentration. A splash of Mourvedre lends an extra kick in the mid-palate. The Biker has blackberry, anise spice and vanilla on the nose. Rich, black fruit and spice, lingering to a silky vanilla oak finish. Biker rocks!

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