Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel California Subregion 2006
2006 "The Maverick" Zinfandel, Amador County The 100-plus-year old vines of the original Grandpere Vineyard, along with the 40- year old vines of The Deaver and Linstead Vineyards produce a wine that is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. Blended with a touch of Syrah from the Bailey Vineyard. Maverick…The Jam Bomb...mischievous fun!
Editorial Reviews for Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel California Subregion
Spicy and earthy with lots of licorice at first then more French oak tones and plenty of sweet blackberry notes with hints of feral, wet dog, shale, and ocean breeze. Brambly and gingerbread notes add complexity. Big yet very smooth with a really nice refined mouthfeel. Great balance for this weight with apple skin notes right up front followed by deep, dark spiced berry fruits. A bit weighty and murky but intense and chewy and in this style very well done. This is powerfully flavored with dark tobacco, nutty, Toblerone chocolate and dried cherry notes with some streaks of espresso candy and earth leading to a moderately long, intense finish with notes of fudge and herbs. 90pts
strong nose of dark fruits, spices (pepper). A little picante. Taste: initially powerful spice and peppery. Mid-palate is a bit more fruity. finish is unimpressive and a little bitter.
Good QPR. Nothing special.
Aromas of vanilla, pine & dark fruit followed by loads of cedar, earth, black tea, tar. Lots of pithy wood going on here.
2006 Four Vines Zinfandel California (Horace says Lodi) – Nose: dark fruit, oaky, smokey (but not to the level of Plungerhead…definitely not as potent (much to Hector’s disappointment)), Palatte: sweet, quite sweet, fruity, like a ripe plum, can taste the oak, heavy and full, Finish: light to medium tannins, medium length Lamarr: B 86.1 (nice, but a little too sweet for me, almost like a dessert wine, perhaps a good starter wine for some because it goes down easy, but I’d like to see a little more spice, a little more pepper, don’t think it quite holds up with food, more of an after dinner dessert) Hector: B+ 89 (too fruity to be an A) Alastor: Absent (groggy from midday nap)
This is a great Zinfandel! Very rich and spicy and full of yummy berry fruit!
After having wallowed in Four Vines Zinfandels before, and having just polished off their 2006 "Biker" Zin recently, I expected a lot from the Maverick. Alas, the wine was not as flavorful, intense or distinctive as I had hoped. The appearance and nose were promising but, while the wine was well-made and certainly tasted like a Zinfandel, it lacked personality. For a maverick, it reminded me more of a tassel-loafer-wearing accountant.
I like the fruitiness of old vine zins. This one is not bad. It reminds me of Bogel.
External Reviews for Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel California Subregion
Soft and ripe, showing rich cherry and spice aromas and flavors, with a modest structure that finishes on a flabby note. Drink now.
A powerful Zinfandel with laserlike focus, this has wild berry and spice aromas and ripe, intense blackberry, fresh earth and bay leaf notes that finish with tightly wound tannins. Drink now through 2012.
Wine Tasting NotesPleasantly devious mischief abounds from these dry-farmed, head pruned, old vine vineyards in the Shenendoah Valley. This Sierra Foothill valley is renowned for its old vine Zin vineyards, where fiery red volcanic soils produce fruit with intense, earthy character. The100-plus-year old vines of the original Grandpere Vineyard, along with the 40-year old vines of The Deaver and Linstead Vineyards produce a wine that is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. Blended with a touch of Syrah from the Bailey Vineyard. MaverickThe Jam Bomb...mischievous fun!