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Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel California Subregion 2006

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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!

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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 Maverick Zinfandel California Subregion

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,702
3.50 5
03/30/2009

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

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Snooth User: ehrenfrd
83800139
2.50 5
09/04/2008

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.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.50 5
04/28/2008

Good QPR. Nothing special.


Snooth User: ekw590
127408348
3.50 5
03/27/2009

Aromas of vanilla, pine & dark fruit followed by loads of cedar, earth, black tea, tar. Lots of pithy wood going on here.


Snooth User: lamarr
146169280
3.00 5
04/21/2009

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)


Snooth User: moviegal226
114149139
4.00 5
01/08/2009

This is a great Zinfandel! Very rich and spicy and full of yummy berry fruit!


Snooth User: Diderot
104965104
3.00 5
05/27/2009

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.


Snooth User: cahughey
12218341
3.00 5
01/16/2009

I like the fruitiness of old vine zins. This one is not bad. It reminds me of Bogel.


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External Reviews for Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel California Subregion

External Review
05/18/2011

Soft and ripe, showing rich cherry and spice aromas and flavors, with a modest structure that finishes on a flabby note. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
10/06/2009

92WS no further case discount


External Review
10/06/2009

Jammy chewy spicy and rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvety vanilla oak


External Review
01/17/2009

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!



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!

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