Four Vines Sophisticate Sonoma County Zinfandel California Sonoma Tietje Christian 2008

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Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Spectator: Dense and briary, but with an underlying sense of focus and balance. Aromas of wild berry and smoky sage lead to ripe, concentrated blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors. Drink now through 2014. 1,124 cases made.

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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
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Layered Rice Pudding

RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

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Member Reviews for Four Vines Sophisticate Sonoma County Zinfandel California Sonoma Tietje Christian

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Snooth User: pfmackin
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3.50 5
03/17/2011

Surprisingly well balanced with a mellow fruitiness off the top that flattens at the finish with more spice. The aromas can lead to a different expectation of more fruit than really exists. Easy to drink.


External Reviews for Four Vines Sophisticate Sonoma County Zinfandel California Sonoma Tietje Christian

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Dense and briary, but with an underlying sense of focus and balance. Aromas of wild berry and smoky sage lead to ripe, concentrated blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Dense and jammy, with blackberry and black olive aromas that lead to zesty, complex huckleberry, licorice and black pepper flavors. Drink now through 2015.



Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Spectator: Dense and briary, but with an underlying sense of focus and balance. Aromas of wild berry and smoky sage lead to ripe, concentrated blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors. Drink now through 2014. 1,124 cases made.

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