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Four Vines "Sophisticate" California 2006

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Our 2006 Sonoma Zin was kissed with a touch of Petite Sirah and aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months. This wine has a sexy nose with velvet vanilla oak tones, followed by rich, spicy berry fruit and a hint of cedar. Big flavors, yet refined and stylish. The James Bond of Zinfandel…he will seduce you.

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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 "Sophisticate" California

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,823
4.00 5
04/06/2009

Musky and spicy with bowls of fresh berries, vanilla, cola, spice, tarry, brownie, peppercorn rare beef, complex and Spicy! Pretty well balanced with lovely wooly tannins and good acid supporting fairly transparent dark berry fruit. Not as spicy as the noise implied and gains a piercingly pure raspberry syrup note. A touch hot and that adds to a minty note with spicy wood tones and pepper on the backend. A vanilla note reappears on the finish the finish with an earthy sweet candied tone and nice refreshing red apple acids. Overall a pretty complex and nuanced rendition. 91pts

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Snooth User: gtcoop
10214370
4.50 5
12/31/2008

My favorite where Four vines is concerned...not as bold, but, still spicy with some smoother finish. Great buy for $20.


Snooth User: ekw590
127408348
4.50 5
04/04/2009

Concentrated black current nose over cigar box aromas followed by concentrated, earthy black tea fruit, black pepper & spice; hot & pithy: I really like this.


Snooth User: simulacrum
4218477
3.50 5
07/01/2009

such a vibrant nose! reminds me of when i make vegetable stock and go a little nuts with the herbs and spices. this wine is weird like that...it reminded me of homemade pasta sauce when i smelled it. oregano, nutmeg... so a teeny bit disappointed with the taste. it's spicy all right but the excitement stopped there for me. the fruit and tannins hit hard but didn't linger for me, which is what i like in a zin. still, it's a solid wine and should be enjoyed with food. made me hungry.

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  • Snooth User: 0ldmriguy
    14678051
    4.00 5
    11/20/2009

    Not as bold as the Biker but a style that lots of Zin people will love. There is room for many different styles in the Zin world.


    Snooth User: oceank8
    557082,029
    3.00 5
    01/22/2009

    Three glasses


    External Reviews for Four Vines "Sophisticate" California

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    Source: Melange Wines
    10/06/2009

    92WS no further case discount


    External Review
    Source: Melange Wines
    10/06/2009

    Big flavors yet refined and stylish. With a touch of petite Sarah added.



    Our 2006 Sonoma Zin was kissed with a touch of Petite Sirah and aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months. This wine has a sexy nose with velvet vanilla oak tones, followed by rich, spicy berry fruit and a hint of cedar. Big flavors, yet refined and stylish. The James Bond of Zinfandel…he will seduce you.

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